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Activist shares important message at 2014 March on Washington. Photo Credit Miki J.

 The challenges are present, the struggle is difficult, and the risks are real, whether as a parent or as an organization.

Gun violence touches all of us. Last year in Illinois more than 4,300 people were shot and 720 died, many of them children. We can do something now...

Chicago Police Department Reform

Community Renewal Society is committed to police accountability and reform that centers the needs of those most directly impacted by police misconduct.

Mountain Road

Two years ago, while traveling in the remote western region of Ghana, I came across one of the most traumatic experiences I’ve ever happened upon...

Chicago Police

With the support of the Mayor, the Attorney General filed a lawsuit against Chicago to ensure that the CDP implements recommended DOJ reforms...

Sealing of Records

The largest sealing expansion that Illinois has ever passed went into effect on August 24! Find out what criminal records are now eligible to be sealed ...

Victory HB 2373

“Finally, I can have an opportunity to provide for my family and show society I am rehabilitated,” said Karlos Lloyd, a FORCE leader...

The City of Chicago’s contracts with the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and the Illinois Policemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (PBPA) are currently under negotiation. The current contracts codify policies that enhance the code of silence in the police department. The contracts do not effectively hold police accountable, they make it hard to identify and investigate police misconduct, and they allow police to lie about misconduct.

Community Renewal Society advocates for economic and criminal justice reform policies that restore opportunities for people with criminal records and support police accountability reform throughout Illinois. We oppose new mandatory minimums or sentence enhancements, especially as a solution to gun violence.

After 736 days, a bipartisan budget package passed both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly. Thank YOU for your tireless advocacy efforts!

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