Thursday, December 13, 2012

Ald. Cappleman Comments On Saturday Night's Assault

A few updates since Tuesday:
  • We understand that Mayor Emanuel has spoken to Good Samaritan Tom Schabow to thank him for his heroic actions on Saturday night
  • A few readers have written in, wanting to send cards of encouragement to the victim.  We know several of her friends are reading UU.  If you would be willing to provide an address where cards and well wishes could be received, please email and we will pass along the information.
From Ald. Cappleman's latest newsletter:

"It was quite disturbing to hear about the sexual assault of a woman last Sunday on the 4400 block of N. Sheridan. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this woman. A special thanks to the resident who rushed to her assistance and the police who arrested the offender.

The arrested individual has an extensive arrest record and according to state records, was released on parole in October. Since that time, he has been homeless and wandering the streets.

Over the years, we have observed that there are a few individuals who are consistently committing a disproportionate number of crimes in the area. This problem is exacerbated when released prisoners, especially ones with serious mental illness and/or severe drug issues, are not provided with good case management and a structured environment upon their release from prison.

This problem cannot be fixed overnight, but it has had my attention since I started as alderman. I have had ongoing discussions with the Dept. of Family and Support Services, the Mayor's Office, and experts to address this dilemma that affects us all. I'm working with the National Association of Social Workers to assist the City with developing clear performance outcome measures for programs receiving government funding. I have also met with numerous building managers to require stricter screening practices and security systems that are tied into the police surveillance cameras.

In the end, it comes down to this: We can't afford not to do the right thing."

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