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The [Friday] Papers

"The State of Illinois regularly keep prisoners with disabilities beyond their release dates because of inadequate options for housing - though it's difficult to know exactly how often, because the Department of Corrections said they don't track that number," WBEZ reports.

"A WBEZ review of facilities on a corrections department's housing list found many did not accept people with a disability, including psychiatric disabilities. Equip for Equality, a disability rights advocacy group, said the situation could be a violation of laws meant to protect people from discrimination - and costs the state more money than placing people in the community."

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"Despite months of requests, the Illinois Department of Corrections refused an interview for this story. In a statement, IDOC said they would like to increase the number of housing placements they provide for people on parole or supervised release, but lawmakers would need to provide the budget for that. The department said it works diligently to provide host sites."

Maybe they can be placed in Amazon's dumpsters, should the billions in tax incentives the state is offering suffice enough to lure them here.

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"WBEZ obtained IDOC's housing directory through the state's open records laws. Most facilities on the list said they would not accept a person coming from prison who was deaf, blind, or had a psychiatric disability. After calling all 75 places, WBEZ was able to identify only 13 that would accommodate someone who used a wheelchair coming from prison - one of those facilities said they had only one wheelchair accessible room and another told us that their waiting list for an accessible bed was months long.

"In 2017, IDOC said 152 people were in prison, even though their release date had already passed. (This number excludes people with sex offenses, who are also routinely kept in prison beyond their release but for a different reason.) The Department of Corrections does not track how many of those 152 people have disabilities. But Amanda Antholt, a lawyer with Equip for Equality, said she regularly hears from people in prison who can't get into halfway houses because of their disability."

Juvenile Injustice
"Research shows prolonged solitary confinement can lead to depression, anxiety and psychosis, and children are particularly vulnerable to these negative reactions because their brains are still developing, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Mental health professionals, advocates, and even many detention center administrators say the practice should be sharply curbed, if not eliminated," the Chicago Reporter reports.

"Instead, staff at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, one of the largest juvenile jails in the country, regularly confine kids for hours at a time, the Reporter has found. Youth in the jail say it's not uncommon for staff to threaten them with solitary for bad behavior.

"Over the past two-and-a-half years, kids at the JTDC have been confined to their cells more than 55,000 times. Taken together, the time they've spent in solitary adds up to nearly 25 years.

"The punitive use of solitary confinement at the JTDC has risen over the past two years, even as the population has shrunk. There were 1,000 more punitive confinements in 2017 than in 2016, an increase of almost 25 percent. The average daily population dropped about 20 percent over the same period."

Designer Dogs
"A Tribune investigation found that a loophole in [a] city ordinance allows three Chicago pet stores to sell puppies supplied by rescues that are closely linked to longtime commercial dealers. In an arrangement that is not an express violation of the ordinance but runs counter to the spirit of the ban, records show these rescues provide city shops each year with hundreds of purebred and designer-mix puppies - all of which come through kennels and properties owned by for-profit businesses or breeders," the paper reports.

"By exploiting that opening in the law, critics say the businesses hinder the ordinance's goal to reduce the number of shelter dogs euthanized in the city each year. The practice also raises questions about whether customers could be misled into believing their pricey pet was an unwanted rescue puppy in need of a good home."

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"After reviewing more than 10,000 pages of inspection reports, tax forms, veterinary records and other public documents, the Tribune identified two dealers who opened not-for-profit rescues after the ordinance's passage and began supplying puppies to the three Chicago pet stores. In the past two years, Hobo K-9 Rescue in Britt, Iowa, and Missouri-based Dog Mother Rescue Society have sent more than 1,200 dogs to the city stores but nowhere else in Illinois, according to records released by their states' agriculture departments.

"Meanwhile, the commercial businesses owned by the rescuers - Iowa's J.A.K.'S Puppies and Missouri's Lonewolf Kennels - send their Illinois-bound pets to stores outside the city limits, where shops can legally sell puppies provided by large-scale breeders. The Tribune has identified more than two dozen instances over the past year when puppies of the same breed and birthdate arrived in Illinois on the same day with one tagged as a commercially bred dog and the other a rescue."

NOTE: I added links to each of these items.

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New on the Beachwood today . . .

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #201
Is in post-production.

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The Week In Chicago Rock
Is in pre-production.

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ChicagoGram

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ChicagoTube

What a tough break!

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BeachBook

America's New Aristocracy: The 9.9% And Their Delusion Of Hereditary Meritocracy.

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TweetWood
A sampling.

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Some people have lived in Chicago long enough to know to get it in writing - at the least.

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The Beachwood Tronc Line: In writing.



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Posted on May 18, 2018


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