A Primer and Exploration of Practice
Across Two North American Cities
In April 2013, the Adler School Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice, in collaboration with the Adler School Vancouver Campus and the Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice Project, published this white paper as a primer and tool for practitioners, researchers, advocates, lawmakers, lay people and justice professionals. The paper provides an overview of the restorative justice philosophy, the range of practice, and the evidence base behind its practices. It also provides an overview of how restorative practices are currently used in two very different metropolitan contexts, Chicago, Illinois, and Vancouver, British Columbia. A case study approach illuminates the different ways that formal systems and policies encourage or limit the potential of restorative justice practices. The paper also recommends expanded research, policy, and practice agendas that can further mainstream and align restorative justice in formal systems.
Click here to read “Restorative Justice: A Primer and Exploration of Practice Across Two North American Cities.”
Community Justice Concept Paper:
A Project of the Cook County Juvenile Justice Task Force
The Adler School Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice (IPSSJ) and partner organizations formed the Cook County Juvenile Justice Task Force to develop a report and recommendations for community-based, trauma-informed, restorative solutions to youth crime and conflict in Cook County, Illinois. It addresses how the juvenile justice system can better support young people while making communities safer, through alternatives to existing centralized approaches.
Click here to read “A Project of the Cook County Juvenile Justice Task Force.”
White Paper Series:
IPSSJ and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
As part of ongoing collaboration addressing mass incarceration and increasingly punitive immigration policies, IPSSJ and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) have published a joint series of white papers exploring areas for reform.
Click on the title links below to read:
- “Broken Logic: The Over-Reliance on Incarceration in the United State”
- “The Economics of Private Detention: False Promises, Hidden Costs”
- “Prison Communities: From Low-Income Urban to Low-Income Rural—and Back”
Our quarterly newsletter features articles that highlight the relationships among the many critical movements, ideas, and discussions that seek to combat the problem of social exclusion and issues related to public safety and social justice. Click on the links below to read more.