Bent on Bail

Like a game of jail roulette, money bail punishes defendants based on often arbitrary factors—including the size of their wallets. The cost to both inmates and taxpayers is tremendous.

Cops and Stops

View the interactive version of our investigation here. Distrust of the criminal justice system in general, and the police in particular, is widespread in minority communities around Chicago. As a task force appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel reported this spring, “Racism and maltreatment at the hands of the police have been consistent complaints from communities of color for decades.” In April, Injustice Watch launched an examination into the unequal treatment afforded people of color at critical points in the criminal justice system. This is the first of those reports.