Preventing and ending violence is possible. We’ve seen it happen through our work here on Chicago’s West Side. But it requires a creative, holistic, community-based, restorative justice solution.
A solution that accounts for the injustice of the criminal justice system. A solution that supports our city’s most vulnerable - the youth and emerging adults who call it home.
mediate to delete, dissolve, and destroy violence
connect clients with wraparound services that provide a way out
facilitate healing and accountability in the community to stop violence
work to make sure clients get the equitable treatment and real justice they deserve
four positions - Attorney, Case Manager, Outreach Worker, Circle Keeper
youth through much needed legal representation in diversion/deflection, probation, supervision, jail, and parole.
on building a local network of support that eliminates the isolation and poverty that drive violent behavior.
20% of our budget on attorneys and legal representation, and 80% on the community-based services that help make sure that legal representation is never needed again.
restorative justice solutions, including financial, educational, and relational resources.
the arrest / incarcerate / release / repeat cycle that the young people in our care desperately need to escape
as long as our clients need us.
engaged and active community builders.
the cycle of violence for individuals, and for the city as a whole.