Chicago Reporter

The following stories have been co-published with The Chicago Reportera monthly periodical based in Chicago. Founded in 1972, the Chicago Reporter covers poverty and race issues.


Police face choice of handcuffs or helping hands for mentally ill
By Adeshina Emmanuel & Suzanne McBride
May 27, 2015

Lena Coleman ran into the bathroom of her West Pullman home to escape her attacker, who was ranting about Satan. The 69-year-old locked the door, climbed out the window and fled to a neighbor’s house where she called 911. Police came looking for the attacker – her son, Phillip. He had experienced a psychotic breakdown.



Guilty of mental illness
By Deborah L. Shelton 
April 27, 2015 


Annie Parker, 72, struggles to figure out how to keep her mentally ill son from cycling in and out of jail. On average, about 2,000 of the jail’s 9,000 detainees are living with at least one mental illness, making Cook County Jail among the largest psychiatric facilities in the nation.



Thousands charged with drug possession walk free, leaving taxpayers with the tab
By Angela Caputo
September 14, 2014


It’s no surprise that drug possession is the No. 1 reason people were in Cook County Jail last year. That’s been the case for the better part of the past decade. Since 2006, people have been booked and released more than 100,000 times for possession, according to jail records.


From the war on drugs, a story of redemption
By John Kuhn
August 20, 2014


Since 1970, the U.S. prison population has quadrupled. In a 2014 report, the National Research Councilfound that roughly 1 out of every 100 adults are in prison or jail, which puts the U.S. rate of incarceration up to 10 times higher than that in Western European countries and other democracies.