Stories from this week

Posted on February 19, 2013

This catalogue is part of CCDBR’s new initiative to cut down on email and send you one news update every week:

THE DRONE DEBATE: WBEZ’s Charlie Meyerson catalogues recent discussion about drones in Illinois, including a new bill that would create privacy guidelines to cover use of drones by local and state law enforcement, according to his article last Thursday.

RE: TORTURE ACCOUNTABILITY: Benedictine Sisters of Chicago and Illinois Coalition Against Torture (ICAT) member Benita Coffey comments on the need for government transparency about torture in Wednesday’s Chicago Tribune.

TALKING OVERCROWDED PRISONS: WBEZ’s Rob Wildeboer reports that The Illinois Department of Corrections plans to start housing men in the gymnasiums at six already overcrowded prisons in last Friday’s article.

SPEAKING OF OVERCROWDED PRISONS: Alternet’s Alex Kane releases this expose on the return of debtor’s prison to the United States.

AND JUST WHEN WE THOUGHT THE SUPERMAX FIGHT HAD LULLED: Mother Jones’s James Ridgeway and Jean Casella discuss the Federal Government’s plan to re-open Thompson Prison as a federal supermax, and why that’s a problem.

RECOGNIZING THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE: Chicago Tribune reports on prison data linking school truancy and crime.

ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: WBEZ’s Tony Arnold discusses the impact of Illinois geography in the attempt to pass same-sex marriage legislation beyond the senate in a report last Friday.

THE IMMIGRATION DEBATE: Chicago Sun-Times’s Anna Heling reports on a Pilsen-based group’s call for a moratorium on deportations and comprehensive immigration reform.

AND IN RADIO: Chicago Indy Media releases its December 2012 and January 2013 radio programs, focusing on “Ending the Nuclear Age” and “Poverty, Power, and the Public Airwaves.” Download and listen to these episodes: December 2012 and January 2013.