CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle met with a group of anti-violence activists on the South Side on Wednesday, and announced the county would spend $500,000 on so-called “restorative justice” programs in an effort to help prevent ex-cons from going back to court or jail, and to curb violent crime.
Preckwinkle and Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D-7th) sat in a peace circle with activists and clergy at the Southsiders Together Organizing for Power (STOP) Peace Hub in the Woodlawn neighborhood, as they announced the new initiative.READ MORE: Child Tax Credit: When Will Parents Get Their First Monthly Check?
Restorative justice, by definition, focuses on rehabilitating ex-offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community.
Garcia called the $500,000 fund a modest investment.
“It is about teaching young people a new culture of conflict-resolution,” he said.
Activist Corey Mason said restorative justice focuses on communication.
“Restorative justice practices are ways in which we can mend these ills in our communities,” he said.READ MORE: Woman Shot, Critically Wounded In Humboldt Park Domestic Incident