What Can the Cook County Juvenile Court
Do to Improve Its Ability to Help Our Youth?
A Juvenile Justice Needs Assessment
This current study was compiled by the Adler University Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice and Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and the Mansfield Institute for Transformation at Roosevelt University. It was commissioned by Cook County Justice for Children and its Juvenile Justice Strategy Team. This study was conducted to increase understanding of the perceived strengths and weaknesses in the juvenile justice system. The more we know about the outcomes of detention and court involvement on youth and their overall neurological and social development, the better we can move forward. Further, our understanding that the majority of court involved youth have experienced complex trauma and have unmet basic needs is important as we consider the best options for rehabilitation and their overall success. This research allows us to increase our understanding further by tapping into the knowledge of juvenile justice stakeholders in order to identify best practices and opportunities that promote positive transformation for youth, families, and communities.
A Primer and Exploration of Practice
Across Two North American Cities
In April 2013, the Adler University Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice, in collaboration with the Adler University Vancouver Campus and the Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice Project, published this white paper as a primer and tool for practitioners, researchers, advocates, lawmakers, lay people and justice professionals. The paper provides an overview of the restorative justice philosophy, the range of practice, and the evidence base behind its practices. It also provides an overview of how restorative practices are currently used in two very different metropolitan contexts, Chicago, Illinois, and Vancouver, British Columbia. A case study approach illuminates the different ways that formal systems and policies encourage or limit the potential of restorative justice practices. The paper also recommends expanded research, policy, and practice agendas that can further mainstream and align restorative justice in formal systems.
Click here to read “Restorative Justice: A Primer and Exploration of Practice Across Two North American Cities.”
Community Justice Concept Paper:
A Project of the Cook County Juvenile Justice Task Force
The Adler University Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice (IPSSJ) and partner organizations formed the Cook County Juvenile Justice Task Force to develop a report and recommendations for community-based, trauma-informed, restorative solutions to youth crime and conflict in Cook County, Illinois. It addresses how the juvenile justice system can better support young people while making communities safer, through alternatives to existing centralized approaches.
Click here to read “A Project of the Cook County Juvenile Justice Task Force.”
White Paper Series:
IPSSJ and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
As part of ongoing collaboration addressing mass incarceration and increasingly punitive immigration policies, IPSSJ and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) have published a joint series of white papers exploring areas for reform.
Click on the title links below to read: