By investing in the human capital of Cook County communities, we can indeed transform the cycles of fear, oppression, and trauma that have fueled the youth violence epidemic in the Chicago area. In addition to youth accountability, the Cook County juvenile justice system will become a positive force for family healing and neighborhood transformation.
The Adler School Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice (IPSSJ), directed by Elena Quintana, Ph.D., and its partner organizations with the Cook County Juvenile Justice Task Force recently published a concept paper outlining community-based, trauma-informed, restorative solutions to youth crime and conflict in Cook County.
The Community Justice Concept Paper: A Project of the Cook County Juvenile Justice Task Force provides guiding thoughts on how the juvenile justice system can better support young people while making communities safer. It also recommends alternatives to exisiting centralized juvenile detention approaches in Cook County.
In addition to updates from IPSSJ (follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/AdlerIPSSJ or email at IPSSJ@adler.edu), the Chicago Youth Justice Data Project blog provides excellent ongoing updates on these issues.