Criminal Legal Reform

To achieve economic and racial justice we must address systemic issues in the criminal legal system, where the inequities that result in stripped financial power are often most pervasive for Black and Brown communities.

We work to disrupt criminal legal and child welfare systems from continuing to oppress, over-surveil, separate, and marginalize Black and Brown communities. We advocate for policies that keep communities safe, prioritize unifying families, and help people who are justice-involved secure stable jobs, finish their education, and thrive in their communities.

We advocate for divesting from systems and investing in people.

Contact with the police or criminal legal system can threaten the economic stability for individuals as well as entire families.

Interaction with the criminal legal system can keep people from being able to advance economically.

Attorneys and Specialists

Patrice James
Patrice James
Patrice James
Director of Community Justice

312.368.2001

Tanya Gassenheimer
Tanya Gassenheimer
Tanya Gassenheimer
Staff Attorney

312.854.3384

Verónica Cortez
Verónica Cortez
Verónica Cortez
Staff Attorney

312.854.3374

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