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Readings on the Criminal Justice System in Chicago and Cook County

NCJ Number
G J Bensinger
Date Published
238 pages
Twenty-three papers on Cook County's (Chicago) criminal justice system encompass topics pertaining to law enforcement, courts, corrections, and critical issues.
In the area of law enforcement, four papers discuss Chicago's juvenile gang problem and progress which has been made in addressing it. Other law enforcement papers consider citizen crime prevention, police 'spying,' the Chicago Police Department's crime laboratory, and a 'blueprint' for the future of the Chicago Police Department. Issues pertaining to the courts encompass court interpretations of the rights of the innocent in undercover operations, the administration of justice, and 'getting tough' with the juvenile offender. The public defender system, a history of sentencing in Illinois, and overcrowding on death row are other court topics addressed. Corrections issues include the feasibility of controlling offenders in the community, some new directions in probation in Illinois, and current perspectives in prisoners' rights litigation. Critical issues examined are the police use of deadly force, a history and overview of organized crime in Chicago, the sexually abused child, the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, and victim assistance in Illinois. Tables and references.