Racial Equity Cohort Fellowship

2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Cook County, Ill., IL

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About the Program

Category: Criminal Justice and Public Safety (Best in Category)

Year: 2023

Builds a community-centered led process for engaging justice-impacted individuals alongside people working directly in offices that administer the criminal justice processes in our county. Partners with organizations providing facilitation and Restorative Justice , Trauma-informed care and Violence intervention trainings and technical support from Chicago Regional Organizing for Antiracism (C-ROAR), and Everyday Democracy and Justice Systems Partners. Opens and facilitates dialogue between justice-impacted individuals and those working across the system to identify inequities in Cook County agencies including the Sheriff’s Office, Office of the Chief Judge, Public Defender’s Office, and State’s Attorney’s Office. This effort is co-coordinated by the Justice Advisory Council and the Office of the Chief Judge.