Keeping People Out of the System

We advocate for divesting from systems and investing in people.

We advocate for divesting from systems and investing in people—pulling money from incarceration and putting it towards people supports and neighborhood development. We work to end the over-surveillance and criminalization of Black and brown communities and to secure the right of Black and brown people to parent and raise their children.

We advocate for policies that keep communities safe, support youth, and prioritize unifying families. Robust support systems for accessing basic human needs like housing, health care, and nutrition, would reduce the numbers of people ending up in the criminal legal system and support people’s efforts to be self-sufficient and help their families and communities thrive.

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Our Insights

The evidence is overwhelming that mistrust between the police and communities of color are the results of poverty and racism.

All children deserve a safe place to learn.

Our Impact

These recommendations for state legislative actions concentrate on critical measures to protect low-income families & communities across the state.

Resources

Mar 2020

Links to information and useful resources to aid communities seeking support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feb 2017

Police officers stationed in Chicago Public Schools operate with little oversight, accountability, and specialized training, putting children at risk.

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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