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October 2015 Archives

Prison population statistics

Many of the prisoners in Illinois are locked up because of drug-related offenses. According to Urban Institute researchers who looked at Bureau of Prisons data from 2012, a little more than half of the almost 200,000 federal prisoners in the United States are being held for a drug conviction. Nearly all of the alleged drug offenders who are in prison were convicted of a trafficking crime, and 35 percent are serving their first prison sentence.

Man riding electric mobility scooter charged with DUI

Illinois residents usually associate drunk driving with cars, trucks and SUVs being operated by intoxicated individuals on public roads. However, being in control of any motorized vehicle while under the influence violates drunk driving laws, and this is true even if the vehicle in question never ventures onto public roads. A 48-year-old Georgia man learned this lesson on Oct. 16 when he was taken into custody for driving an electric mobility scooter in a grocery store parking lot while allegedly impaired by prescription drugs and alcohol.

Illinois couple face drug charges

Illinois police announced on Oct. 16 that a 22-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were taken into custody on drug charges after a search of the Dixon residence they shared. Police say that they obtained a search warrant for the property after receiving a tip from a confidential informant. According to the informant, the couple were selling marijuana out of the North Dixon Avenue home. The search was conducted at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 15.

"Affluenza" label used by expert in teen drunk driving case

Drunk driving causes many deaths and injuries every year in Illinois and around the country. On June 15, 2013, a drunk teen got into his truck after a night of drinking and crashed into a ditch, instantly killing four people who were helping a stranded motorist on the side of the road. The Texas case received nationwide attention because a defense expert testified that the teen suffered from "affluenza," a term used to describe the teen's inability to understand the consequences of his actions due to his privileged upbringing.

Woman reportedly live streams drunk driving incident

The story of the Florida woman who was reportedly live streaming herself as she drove drunk on Oct. 10 has received widespread publicity in Illinois and around the country. The woman, who was identified as a 23-year-old, was taken into custody after authorities used Periscope to track down her whereabouts.

Infractions, misdemeanors and felonies

Illinois residents may wonder how an infraction differs from a misdemeanor or felony. An infraction is generally a minor offense like speeding. It is usually punishable by a fine. However, individuals who repeatedly ignore fines for infractions may face more serious repercussions.

5 people indicted for crack cocaine charges

Five Illinois residents were indicted for drug charges on Sept. 8. The accused, who range in age from 30 to 45, were each charged for conspiring to distribute at least 28 grams of crack cocaine in Jackson and Williamson Counties. According to reports, the activities leading up to the indictment took place between October 2014 and July 2015.