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My last-minute criminal justice gift list

The best way to get what you want is to ask for it. Here is my short criminal justice wish list (I don’t want to be greedy), just in time for the December holidays but also valid through 2017:

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Shame: Illinois Stopgap Budget is Unacceptable to Exonerees

Yet again, Illinois Governor Rauner and lawmakers in Springfield have proven themselves unable to perform the most basic function of running a state: passing a budget. Illinois has not had a real budget for over a year, and with the

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Mother’s Day – what do you say?

What do you say on Mother’s Day to a woman wrongfully convicted of her own child’s murder?

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Things aren’t always as they seem (reflections on Joe Gliniewicz, Patrick Kane, and wrongful convictions)

The September funeral for Fox Lake (Illinois) Lt. Joe Gliniewicz was attended by thousands, and his death was cited by some as emblematic of a “war on cops.” Gliniewicz is now being portrayed not as a brave police officer gunned

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Returning to Prison for the Right Reasons

Hannah Overton, a loving mother of five, languished behind bars for seven years due to a wrongful conviction based on the tragic but non-criminal death of her foster son. The televised images late last year of Hannah leaving jail with

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