Archive, January 2015.

Having a criminal conviction can impair your ability to get a job, rent an apartment, and receive funding for school. One study found that only 12.5 percent of employers would accept an application from someone with a criminal record. However, an Illinois law restricts when an employer may ask an applicant if they have a criminal record. Being convicted of a crime makes finding a job difficult, but not impossible, and the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act seeks to assist those convicted find employment.Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants ActAs of January 1, 2015, the Job …
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According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 25 percent of women will experience domestic violence during their lives. However, 15 percent of domestic violence victims are not women and, as such, it affects everyone, although females are more frequently the victims of domestic violence and violence by someone they knew. In Illinois alone, there were 114,921 cases reported to the police of domestic violence in 2006. Keep in mind that these are only the reported cases. Most cases are never reported. As a result, it is important to fully understand the law as it relates to …
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Sometimes, when juveniles commit crimes that are serious and often times shocking, they can be tried as adults and face adult penalties. A recent case in Wisconsin is an example of this, where two young girls are accused of repeatedly stabbing a friend, trying to kill her in order to appease a fictional character from the internet. The crime has shocked many due to the severity of the crime, the youth of the offenders, and even the fact that both offenders are girls. If they are convicted of the crime, the girls face a possible prison term of 60 years or more.
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