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Chicago’s First Restorative Justice Community Court Opens Doors to a Brighter Future

Derrick began selling drugs in his North Lawndale neighborhood to support his family. When he was arrested, Derrick had two children and one on the way.

In the traditional criminal justice system pathway, Derrick faced a minimum of three years in prison if convicted. Once released from prison, his future would be bound by stigma leading to social isolation, reduced employment opportunities, and the statistical likelihood of returning to prison within three years.

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