Patrick Smith | WBEZ

Reporter, Criminal Justice

Patrick Smith is a criminal justice reporter for WBEZ. Before joining the criminal justice desk, Patrick produced All Things Considered and Morning Edition for WBEZ. He joined WBEZ as an intern in 2013 and never left. Patrick has a B.S. in news reporting and writing from Columbia College Chicago. His reporting has won awards from the Associated Press, the Chicago Headline Club, the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Chicago Bar Association and others. Patrick grew up a few miles north of Detroit. He now lives in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.

Eileen O’Neill Burke, who faces Clayton Harris III in the Democratic primary, has received hundreds of thousands from conservatives.
Back to Our Future targets school-age teenagers who have been out of class for at least a year and who are at high risk of being involved in gun violence.
The decision not to pursue the case comes months after WBEZ reported apparent discrepancies between a written report and video evidence.
Los datos policiales muestran que los asesinatos siguen disminuyendo, pero las cifras hasta agosto siguen siendo elevadas comparado con lo que era habitual hace tan sólo unos años.
Police data show murders are continuing to fall, but the numbers through August remain elevated from what was typical just a few years ago.
Chicago Police officials are checking boxes, but federal reforms mandated in 2019 are not being felt in the community, experts say.
Told of the sentence, Jaslyn’s father said, “I pray that he learns from it. I pray that he understands the severity of what happened and what this situation has done to our family.”