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Ready for change: a local muralist aims to beautify tough neighborhoods

By Torene Harvin

Rahmaan ‘Statik’ Barnes is more than just the man who painted the Prince mural in Avalon Park. He has made it a mission to make many of the city’s tough neighborhoods more appealing.


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Local Programs Ensure Ex-Offenders Can Look Forward to Brighter Future

By Torene Harvin

A Medill Newsmakers Report

In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, three guests shared what they are doing to keep young men and women out of prison and on a path to success.


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Medill Reports Newscast

By Torene Harvin

Watch the Medill Reports News Update. This week our reporters take a closer look at homelessness in Chicago and we get an update on the Sox season so far.

Photo at Top:Jessica Edgerton consoling a homeless man who was robbed of his sneakers. (Stephanie Golden /Medill Reports)

Chicago Police officers put down the cuffs and pick up a ball to bond with kids

Torene Harvin

An Austin community center organized a number of activities this week to keep Chicago Public School students busy during Spring break.

For the second time, officials from The Peace Corner Youth Center (PCYC) invited local police officers to play basketball with kids on Wednesday. Many of the young people were looking forward to another game, since they were defeated by officers the first time.
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Experts Discuss How to Reduce Illinois Prison Population

By Torene Harvin

More than 40 people gathered at the Jenner and Block law firm Wednesday to discuss Gov. Bruce Rauner’s plan to decrease the Illinois state prison population.

The Illinois Policy and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced strategies to decrease the prison population by 2025.

“There are only a couple of ways to decreasing the prison population,” said John Maki, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, executive director. “That’s decreasing admissions and length of staying.”

Photo at top: Dr. Daniel Geiter is not a prisoner. He wears his orange jumpsuit to represent the ex-offenders who have become productive members of their communities and are affected by the stigma of having been incarcerated. (Torene Harvin /Medill)