In Illinois, “unlawful contact” with a gang member while on parole is an offense punishable by up to a year behind bars, even if no other crimes or gang activity occurred. Under pressure to reduce gun violence, the Chicago Police Department has increasingly used the parole-violation law as a tool to get convicted felons off the street, though in many cases they’ve been accused of nothing other than being around neighbors or long-time acquaintances, the Chicago Sun . . .
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