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Resource ID: #30138
Subject: Education
Source: Jennifer Smith Richards, Armando L. Sanchez, Jodi S. Cohen
Affiliation: Chicago Tribune, ProPublica
Date: 2022-04-28



The narratives described in “The Price Kids Pay” had been playing out for years. They were being noted haphazardly in obscure records or unfolding in hearings that attracted almost no scrutiny.


By examining thousands of those records and traveling across the state to attend 50 of those hearings, reporters Jodi Cohen and Jennifer Smith Richards were able to forcefully expose a hidden Illinois injustice. Schools and police had regularly been funneling students into a quasi-judicial municipal ticketing system that delivers harsh punishment for such minor infractions as littering, swearing or breaking a soap dish.

2022 IRE Award Winner, Print/Online (written word) > Division 1

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