Aug 4, 2017

North Lawndale will play host to the Land of Lincoln’s first step into the world of restorative justice. The Restorative Justice Community Court will host face-to-face meetings between nonviolent offenders and their victims, with a judge overseeing the proceedings, aiming at better outcomes for both sides.

One of the most important parts of the restorative justice model is that the voluntary arrangements between victim and offender can be an alternative to prison time. That’s important.

Restorative justice could potentially save the state $1,561 per participant when compared to prison sentences, according to Illinois Policy Institute research.