Restorative Justice Community Court
Lawndale Christian Legal Center – Chicago, Illinois
- Grant Program: GrantsPlus
- Amount of Grant: $50,000
- Dates of Grant Term: July 2017 – July 2019
The Restorative Justice Community Court (RJCC) will serve 18-26 year olds from Chicago’s North Lawndale community who are charged with non-violent felonies and misdemeanors. The RJCC engages participants in restorative justice practices, coupled with social services to heal and strengthen all affected. This court is a groundbreaking collaboration between community-based service providers and the court system, and is the only court in the country that is 100% based on the restorative justice model. Defendants enter the program voluntarily. Those who successfully complete their Repair of Harm Agreement in the community will never have charges on their record. An equal partnership of the Cook County Circuit Court and North Lawndale Community Restorative Justice Hub (RJ Hub) members leads the RJCC. Convened by Lawndale Christian Legal Center, the RJ Hub is a network of community-based service providers and residents providing wraparound services to engage participants and support skill and competency development.