Violence Reduction

Key Issue 2016-17

The Cook County justice system is broken. Its policies perpetuate the cycle of violence plaguing our communities by draining our limited resources and devastating people’s lives. Instead of rehabilitating individuals who need support and treatment we impose costly punishments that often lead to isolation and despair. This is what the Cook County justice system did for Russell Cunningham, a CRS leader and member of the Reclaim Campaign from First Baptist Congregational Church. 

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.

"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.

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