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State’s Attorney candidates forum on reentry

All the candidates for Cook County State’s Attorney have confirmed their attendance at a candidates’ forum Thursday, sponsored by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and the Developing Justice Coalition this Thursday and focusing on reentry after prison, sentencing reform and public safety.

Candidates will be questioned by a panel including CCH leader Gloria Evans, who was formerly incarcerated and formerly homeless, Anita Caballero of the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Deborah Harrington of the Woods Fund and others.

Forum sponsors will be seeking a commitment from candidates to work to find funding to expand the State’s Attorney’s drug schools program, which diverts non-violent first-time offenders and clears their records when they are done, said Jim Fields of CCH.  “When you have a record it is so hard to reintegrate to society,” he said.

Other questions will address overcrowding at Cook County Jail as well as alternative sentencing programs for the fast-growing prison population of women with children, Fields said.

The forum takes place Thursday, January 10 6 p.m. at the First Congregational Baptist Church, 1613 W. Washington.

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