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The right to vote might be too expensive for former felons in Florida under new bill

By Kaisha Young
Medill Reports

On Wednesday, the Florida House passed a bill that would require former felons to pay all restitution debt as well as court fees and fines before they can register to vote.

The bill is a blow to supporters of Amendment 4 — the landmark ballot initiative Florida passed last November. Amendment 4 historically restored voting rights for approximately 1.5 million felons who had not committed crimes like rape or murder.

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The Silver Van: How one local organization is fighting the opioid crisis

By Kaisha Young
Medill Reports

In recent years, opioid-related deaths have spiked nationwide. Since 2001, the Chicago Recovery Alliance has been working to combat the opioid crisis by utilizing a harm reduction approach with users across the city.

Photo at top: The Chicago Recovery Alliance van is parked at an outreach location. (Kaisha Young/MEDILL)

Out, but not in: Examining barriers to reentry

By Kaisha Young

Medill Reports

Approximately 11,000 people are released from Illinois prisons each year. In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, we take a look at the challenges returning citizens face when trying to reenter society.

Photo at top: A man walks on the sidewalk outside Cook County Jail. (Kaisha Young/MEDILL)