The goal of the Reclaim Campaign is to reduce violence by moving limited financial resources away from overly punitive criminal justice systems that perpetuate cycles of violence into community-based restorative justice, mental health, and substance abuse alternatives that rehabilitate lives and make our communities safer.
Father Larry Dowling, pastor of St. Agatha's Catholic Church and leader with the Reclaim Campaign, has a vision for using restorative justice to help restore individuals to his west side community through forgiveness and healing.
The money that we spend on keeping people in the Cook County Jail wastes taxpayer dollars, damages lives, and does nothing to stop the violence in our communities. That's why we have launched the Reclaim Campaign.
Russell Cunningham, a CRS leader and member of the Reclaim Campaign from First Baptist Congregational Church in Chicago, gave the following testimony at the Reclaim Campaign Launch on November 7, 2013.
Good evening. My name is Russell Cunningham. I want to thank God for allowing me to be here tonight.
I am a father of two kids, 10 and 8, and I support the Reclaim Campaign because I’ve experienced the injustice of our court system first hand.
"Chi-raq" is a nickname given to Chicago because the violence epidemic resembles a war zone similar to Iraq. KeAnn Mays-LeNoir testifies about how CRS' recently launched Reclaim Campaign can make a life saving difference for Chicago's youth.