Justice and Juvenile Justice, Part 1


So how do you explain how the criminal justice system deals with youth?

You need sources and here they are.

These are folks who took part in our recent workshop on how the criminal justice system deals with youth violence.

If you have any questions, talk to me……Steve…..office 312 369-6400



Strengthening Chicago’s Youth (SCY) (www.scy-chicago.org) Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Rebecca Levin, MPH, Director


SCY’s mission is to build capacity among numerous public and private stakeholders to connect, collaborate and mobilize around a public health approach – adopting consistent messaging about the preventability of violence, promoting use of evidence-based violence prevention strategies and fostering multi-sector collaboration – to violence prevention. SCY is modeled on the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC), which supports, coordinates and unites partners to promote policy, system and environmental change. Materials, training and technical assistance are offered to foster innovative partnerships among multiple sectors, encourage involvement in policy and advocacy, and support adoption of effective, sustainable violence prevention strategies.

Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center and Health Center (www.auntmarthas.org)

Warren Wood, Vice President Community Based Services wwood@auntmarthas.org

Arlene Mitchell, Administrator
Cook County Juvenile Evening Reporting Centers and Pre-Trial Services

The mission at Aunt Martha’s is to be a caring community resource for children, youth and families. Aunt Martha’s was founded through the initiative and desire of community volunteers. We continue to honor our community origins by empowering members of the community to participate in the planning and delivery of services throughout our organization. Aunt Martha’s has an array of services such as behavioral health, foster care, shelter care, homeless and runaway youth, juvenile justice initiatives, dental and medical services, job training, and prevention programming. Aunt Martha’s is partnered with several schools implementing programming such as violence prevention, anger management, and enhanced communication skills that can be utilized to reduce incidents of violence. Our focus at Aunt Martha’s is to coordinate care for youth and families to assist them with furthering their development as mentally and physically healthy individuals.

Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY) (www.icoyouth.org) Andrea Durbin, CEO

Angelica Jimenez, Policy Associate ajimenez@icoyouth.org 312-861-6600

The Illinois Collaboration on Youth is a collective voice for young people and community-based providers. By building the capacity of agencies that serve youth, we keep young people safe and healthy so they can become successful adults. We fight to reduce youth involvement in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems through trainings, technical assistance, policy development, advocacy, and policy forums.

Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (PBMR) (www.pbmr.org) Father David Kelly

Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (PBMR) is a faith based 501c3 dedicated to providing a safe place to court involved and/or gang involved youth and their families. PBMR also reaches out offers hospitality and accompaniment to those who have been victims of violence. Through a Restorative Justice lens and in collaboration with others, we seek to work toward reconciliation and healing.

Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (www.illinoissafeschools.org) Lawrence Carter
312-368-9070 ex. 316

The mission of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (the Alliance) is to promote safety, support and healthy development for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, in Illinois schools and communities, through advocacy, education, youth organizing and research.

The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance envisions a world in which youth develop to their fullest potential, learning in safe and nurturing schools, living in communities that accept and honor differences, where everyone has the freedom to express their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Youth Guidance, Becoming A Man (B.A.M.) (www.youth-guidance.org) Christopher Jaffe, Strategic Development Manger cjaffe@youth-guidance.org

Youth Guidance’s B.A.M. (Becoming a Man) is a dropout and violence prevention program for at‐risk male students in grades 7‐12. B.A.M. offers in‐school programming, and in some cases after‐school sports programs, for students to develop social‐cognitive skills strongly correlated with reductions in violent and anti‐social behavior. Each session is built around a lesson plan designed to develop a specific skill through stories, role‐playing and group exercises.

B.A.M. students learn and practice impulse control, emotional self‐regulation, recognition of social cues and interpreting intentions of others, raising aspirations for the future and developing a sense of personal responsibility and integrity.

Umoja (www.umojacorporation.org) Ted Christians, Chief Executive Officer tchristians@umojacorporation.org 773-433-0939

Umoja Student Development Corporation believes all young people, regardless of their background, deserve access to safe schools and postsecondary education. Umoja is an essential on-the-ground partner for public high schools seeking to increase student attendance and engagement, reduce violence and disciplinary infractions and increase graduation and college enrollment rates. Umoja’s model of Restorative Justice, College & Career Readiness and Social & Emotional Learning creates the necessary conditions in schools for all students to achieve academically and ultimately succeed in college. Umoja is currently impacting more than 6,000 students and 300 teachers at 9 public high schools across Chicago.


Heartland Alliance (www.heartlandalliance.org) Emily Blum, Director of Communications eblum@heartlandalliance.org

Heartland Alliance, the leading anti-poverty organization in the Midwest, advances the human rights and responds to the human needs of endangered populations—particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced—through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society. Violence Recovery Services (VRS), a program of Heartland Human Care Services, Inc. (HHCS), the human services partner of Heartland Alliance, is a community-based program providing trauma sensitive and strength-based services to adults, children and families who have been impacted by violence and trauma. VRS’ services are tailored to meet the needs of our Latino and African American communities with a targeted focus on children, youth and families. VRS was founded in 1978 and has resided in the McKinley Park area for over 35 years; our decades of experience positions VRS as a leader in violence prevention, intervention and advocacy.

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Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice (IBARJ) (www.ibarj.org) Sara Balgoyen, Executive Director

The Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice Project (IBARJ) is a 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to expand and sustain the availability of balanced and restorative justice practices and programs for citizens of Illinois through leadership, education, and promotion. We are a vibrant network of professionals, volunteers, and organizations working locally, regionally, and statewide to create safer communities and schools, support victims, and improve pro-social skills and positive outcomes for Illinois youth. Our collaborative network includes leaders in juvenile justice, schools, social services, corporations, small businesses, communities, and faith-based organizations.

The Peace Exchange (www.chicagoyouthpeace.org)
John Mjoseth, Project Advisor Jessica Disu, Co-founder john.mjoseth@me.com fmsupreme@gmail.com

The Peace Exchange is a leadership development program for young people dedicated to peace and violence prevention. Each group of Peace Builders participates in a yearlong program involving transformational travel, cross-cultural experiences, and outreach to neighborhood youth. Holy Family Ministries, based in North Lawndale, sponsors the community-based and education-focused program.

Mikva Challenge, Free Spirit Media, Holy Family Ministries and the Chicago International Youth Peace Movement recruited the first group of youth leaders – three men and two women — from the neighborhoods of Austin, Garfield Park, Little Village/Pilsen, South Shore, and Uptown.

After completing 60 hours of training in 2013, our team of five Peace Builders traveled at year’s end to Southeast Asia to continue their studies in Thailand and Myanmar. A short documentary of the trip was released April 1. The film will be used by our Peace Builders in meetings with neighborhood youth that will begin this April and continue through the summer.


Gender and Sex Development Program (www.luriechildrens.org/en-us/care-services/specialties-services/gender-program/Pages/index.aspx) Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Jennifer Leininger, Program Coordinator

Inside the juvenile justice system, LGBTQ youth often experience more discrimination and violence because of their identities. Rates of physical and sexual abuse within detention facilities are higher, and as a result LGBTQ youth are often placed in segregated housing for their safety, but this isolation can also cause negative mental health consequences.

The Gender & Sex Development Program supports the physical, mental and social health of transgender/gender non- conforming patients and their families as youth progress through gender identity development. The Program’s goal is to keep our families most informed of their treatment options, supporting them with medical and behavioral health care along the way. The Gender & Sex Development Program provides comprehensive medical and psychological consultation for families with gender-non conforming, gender-questioning and transgender youth. In addition to these services, the Gender & Sex Development offers access to support services including: connection to legal consultation services, trainings and consultation with school system, ongoing play, socializing and support groups, and consultation for community providers and clinicians to enhance gender-affirming care. The program provides holistic care to patients to combat stigma and works with families and communities to create safe and affirming environment for the patients that are served.

The Institute on Public Safety & Social Justice (www.adler.edu/page/institutes/institute-on-public-safety-and-social-justice) Kim McCullough

The purpose of the Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice (IPSSJ) is to meet public safety challenges with socially just solutions. We work with community groups, peer institutions, and systems partners to address public safety challenges. By forging creative collaborations, we can devise empirically sound methods beyond mere suppression to create environments where a more lasting and meaningful sense of peace and wellness can prevail. We believe that by working together, bringing all concerned into the mix, we can improve urban safety outcomes by enhancing human potential and community wellness.

Rather than rely completely on safety strategies that isolate and confine, we strive to develop transformative alternatives that restore people, families, and neighborhoods to their optimal functionality. By mobilizing the wisdom and assets of stakeholders at all levels, IPSSJ seeks to shift the tide in public safety thinking and to create momentum for 21st century solutions that strengthen communities, protect families, and bring people closer together. We aim to create communities where all people can reach their full potential.

Every time we remove someone from society there are serious long-term consequences. While this is often a necessary step in protecting family and/or community members, our society has become far too reliant on strategies of confinement. We must rediscover our capacity for lifting up all members of our society, no matter their needs, challenges, or personal traumas. By focusing on peoples’ potential – rather than just their negative behaviors – we can begin to build stronger and safer neighborhoods. We believe that real safety is the result of vibrant communities and systems that promote self-reliance, interdependence, and accountability.


John Howard Association (JHA) (www.thejha.org) John Maki, Executive Director
jmaki@thejha.org 312-503-6300

Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC) (www.law.northwestern.edu/legalclinic/cfjc/) Bluhm Legal Clinic, Northwestern University School of Law
Julie Biehl

The John Howard Association (JHA) is Illinois only non-partisan prison watchdog and advocate for reform. JHA works to

achieve a fair, humane and cost-effective criminal justice system by promoting adult and juvenile prison reform, leading

to successful re-integration and enhanced community safety.

Founded in 1992, CFJC is a children’s law office and part of the Bluhm Legal Clinic at Northwestern University School of Law. At the CFJC, attorneys and law students work together to promote justice for children, adolescents and their families through direct legal representation, policy advocacy, and law reform. When it comes to serious cases the Daniel Murphy – criminal defense attorney can take care of such cases.

Each year, the CFJC faculty, staff, and students represent young people on a wide range of matters, from delinquency to immigration and asylum to cases addressing harsh sentencing practices or the collateral consequences youth face after coming into contact with the law. As a teaching institution, the CFJC trains over 20 law students each year in critical lawyering skills such as interviewing, counseling, investigation, legal writing, negotiation, and oral advocacy. The CFJC also actively collaborates, both locally and nationally, on key policy and law reform initiatives affecting children and adolescents.

Oftentimes, the CFJC gives its young clients access to a lawyer when they otherwise would not have one. Whether advocating in front of judges, legislators, policymakers, the Prisoner Review Board, or the classroom, CFJC always strives to advance the notion that youth matters, and that our justice system must keep the unique characteristics, needs, and capacities of children and adolescents in mind when determining how they should be treated under the law.

Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI) (www.jjustice.org/) Nora Collins-Mandeville

The Juvenile Justice Initiative is a non-profit, non-partisan statewide advocacy organization working to transform the juvenile justice system in Illinois. We advocate to reduce reliance on detention, to enhance fairness for all youth and to develop a comprehensive continuum of community-based resources throughout the state.


BUILD, Inc. (Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development) (www.buildchicago.org) Daniel Perez, Marketing and Public Relations Manager

In 1969, BUILD (Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development) started out as a gang intervention program serving fewer than 200 gang-affiliated youth in one community and now serves over 3,500 youth annually in 11 Chicago communities: West Town, Humboldt Park, Cabrini Green, Logan Square, Hermosa, Belmont Cragin, East Garfield Park, North Lawndale, Englewood, Brighton Park and Austin. BUILD also continues to serve teens from the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (CCJTDC), helping them successfully reintegrate into their home communities and the public school system and stay away from crime and the court system.

BUILD’s mission is to engage at-risk youth in the schools and on the streets, so they can realize their educational and career potential and contribute to the stability, safety and well-being of our communities.

By 2020, BUILD’s vision is BUILD will be recognized and sought out nationally as a premier provider of proven-effective Youth Development services targeted for at-risk youth and communities. BUILD’s youth will serve as ambassadors, living examples of how the BUILD Model transforms youth from “at-risk” to “at-hope” and, ultimately, to respected, contributing members of society.

Safer Foundation (www.saferfoundation.org) Anthony Lowery Anthony.lowery@saferfoundation.org 312-431-8992

Safer Foundation’s mission is to reduce recidivism by supporting, through a full spectrum of services, the efforts of people with criminal records to become productive, law-abiding members of the community.

Safer Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in Illinois, is the premier provider of services to people with criminal records in the United States. Since its founding in 1972, Safer Foundation has grown to a staff of nearly 300 at 12 locations throughout Illinois and eastern Iowa. Each year, Safer Foundation provides supportive programming at its sites to nearly 10,000 men, women, and youth (16-21) with a single focus on obtaining employment after involvement with the criminal justice system. Safer Foundation clients who receive employment services and achieve at least 30-day job retention recidivate at a rate of 20 percent. This number is 62 percent lower than the 47 percent overall recidivism rate for State of Illinois parolees. Safer Foundation clients typically have approximately 4,200 job starts per year.

Safer Foundation uses comprehensive research when developing the programs that serve its clients. Innovative models at Safer Foundation include services in: employment (job preparedness, placement, retention services), recruitment assistance, logistical support, education), education (literacy, GED, adult basic education), support services and case management (maintain personal contact, problem-solving assistance during first year after release, anger management, substance abuse prevention, parenting), residential adult transition centers, and public policy and advocacy (focused on removal/reduction of barriers to employment for individuals with criminal records; research and advocacy around expungement, sealing, and Certificates of Release).



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