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Tue, 11/05/2019
Cook wants minors under 13 kept out, appeals says it can't
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Mon, 11/04/2019

Calling “backward” the United States treatment of juveniles, Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli said she plans to ask the Illinois Supreme Court to reverse an Illinois Appellate Court decision last week that permits holding pre-teenagers in


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Wed, 10/30/2019

A state appeals court has ruled against a Cook County ordinance banning the jailing of children under 13, writing in a new opinion that the county board does not have the authority to bar commitment to the juvenile jail when a judge has determined it is necessary.


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Wed, 10/09/2019
October 4, 2019

CHICAGO – More than a century after the world's first juvenile court was established in Illinois, advocates are still fighting to ensure that children accused of crimes aren't treated the same as adults.


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Thu, 08/22/2019
Chicago’s top cop says a gun offender dashboard will create a “culture of accountability.” But not everyone agrees. Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli explains why she objects to the database. https://www.pbs.org/video/cook-county-public-defender-amy-campanelli-gun...
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Thu, 08/22/2019
The database is “inaccurate,” generates “false narrative” that people released on bond are responsible for Chicago’s gun violence, critics said.
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Tue, 08/13/2019
The Chicago Police Department’s new online database showing bond amounts for people charged with gun crimes needs to be taken down, Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli said Wednesday...
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Fri, 08/02/2019
The Cook County Office of the Public Defender along with the Clerks Office and some other associations participated in the Driver's License Reinstatement Expo. We look forward for more of these taking place, check back again when more information is available.
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Thu, 05/23/2019

Mike Morrissey, Deputy of City Wide Operations,for the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender announces his retirement. Mike has served the office for over 40 years. He has been an inspiring and dedicated advocate for the clients of this office, as well as a leader and mentor to 100's of Assistant Public Defenders.


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Mon, 04/15/2019

Monday, April 15th, 2019 thru Friday, April 19th, 2019 is Amnesty Week at the Circuit Court of Cook County.


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Fri, 02/15/2019

Amy Campanelli appeared on the Munir Muhammad show. Click to watch the interview.


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Thu, 02/14/2019

A recent speech, given by Amy Campanelli, appeared in The Progressive, an online magazine that advocates for "peace, social justice, and the common good." You can read the original article by going to https://progressive.org/dispatches/at-the-hands-of-police-campanelli-190....


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Wed, 01/23/2019

An interview with Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli appears in the University of Chicago Law Magazine.


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Thu, 01/17/2019

An Editorial published in the Chicago Tribune discussing the dangerous nature of prisons for ALL inmates, not just Police Officers.


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