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   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A year after Illinois was sued and reached a settlement over inadequate conditions in its juvenile detention centers, two separate reports are detailing a number of conditions that the authors say must change.

   The first report, submitted in federal court as part of the settlement, describes incarcerated teens mowing lawns during the school day, being improperly medicated and being routinely subjected to more solitary confinement than necessary.

   Watchdog group the John Howard Association is releasing a separate review Thursday on conditions at a Kewanee facility specializing in treatment for juveniles with mental health issues.

   Juvenile detention centers house more than 800 inmates between the ages of 13 and 20.

   The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice says it is addressing the problems.

   

 

No charges after handgun was found in MO Capitol restroom

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 05:40 Published in Local News

   A congressional staffer won't face any charges after leaving his loaded handgun in a mens' room at the Missouri Capitol. 

   Police say the gun belongs to 64 year old David Evans, legislative assistant to House Speaker Tim Jones. And Evans has a conceal-carry permit.  

   Capitol Police say the Kahr CM9 9mm pistol was in a holster and had a hollow point bullet in the chamber, along with six others in the magazine.  It was found Friday morning on top of a toilet paper dispenser in a restroom near a House hearing room.

   Police say no charges will be filed because Evans didn't break any laws.  State law allows Missouri lawmakers and their staff to carry concealed weapons in the Capitol, as long as they have a permit.

   St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch is coming out against a proposal to combine city and county crime statistics for FBI reporting. 

   County Police Chief Tim Fitch and City Chief Sam Dotson sent that proposal to the FBI Monday.  They argue that reporting St. Louis crime stats regionally would be more accurate since other cities include suburban and rural areas in their figures. 

   McCulloch told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that combining the numbers is deceptive because the city isn't part of the county.  And he said, it would be unfair to county residents.  McCulloch said the move would cut the city's murder rate in half, while increasing the county's murder rate more than 8 fold.

   The STL County crime stats only include unincorporated areas and the municipalities that contract with County PD for protection...about 40-percent of county residents.

   The paper reports that the proposed change would have ranked St. Louis 8th instead of 2nd in violent crime among cities with populations between 500,000 and 999,999 in 2010.

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