US v. Rasmea Odeh (November 2014)

US v. Rasmea Odeh NLG filed this amicus brief in support of the defense’s motion that requested Palestinian American community leader Rasmea Odeh be granted bond pending sentencing to continue her social work in Chicago.

Reparations: A Blueprint to Address Systemic Police Violence

By Joey Mogul, NLG-Chicago Joey Mogul is a partner at the People’s Law Office who has represented Burge torture survivors for the last 18 years.  Mogul co-founded the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials and drafted the original reparations ordinance. This article originally appeared at on the People’s Law Office website at http://peopleslawoffice.com/reparations-a-blueprint-to-address-systemic-police-violence/. The City of Chicago made history […]

Chicago Community Bond Fund: Harm Reduction in a Prison Nation

This is post 8 of 15 in the series “Guild Notes Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring 2016)” By Sharlyn Grace and Max Suchan, NLG-Chicago On any given day, around 500,000 people in the United States are behind bars for one simple yet horrifying reason: they cannot afford bond. In Chicago, a determined group of mothers […]

A Community Solution to Cash Bail

Jonah Newman, The Chicago Reporter Truthout Wed, 01/20/2016 View the original piece When Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald in November, his bail was set at $1.5 million. Later that day, Van Dyke’s family posted the $150,000 necessary for him to wait out his […]