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Chicago Appleseed promotes social justice and government effectiveness by identifying injustice in our community, investigating its causes and proposing effective solutions.

The Coming Fees Crisis: Poverty Capitalism in the Courts  This past week, two important pieces have appeared on NPR and the New York Times bringing attention to the increased practice of levying exploitive fines and fees on indigent people passing through the criminal and civil justice system. The first piece from NPR, based on a report of a St. Louis-area public defender group, found that half the courts in St. Louis [more]
Guest Blog: Review of 'The Interrupters'by Jonathan Leithold-Patt, film critic There is too much violence in Chicago. It is a fact impossible to ignore. Turning on the nightly news or opening up the newspaper is a guaranteed reminder of the senseless deaths that could have, and should have, been prevented. Although there are less homicides in the city than there were during the peak periods of the [more]
Save the Date! Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and Chicago Council of Lawyers invite you to their Annual Fundraising Luncheon.  October 1, 2014 KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Juliana Stratton  -Executive Director of the Cook County Justice Advisory Council and restorative justice expert. HONOREE: Daniel S. Reidy - Recipient of the Commitment to Justice Award for his work with the Mayor’s ethics commission and his work with the original Solovy Commission.  Maggiano’s [more]
Chief Judge Evans Commits to Reform Bond Court and Create Adult Restorative Justice Programs at Reclaim Campaign Public Action Last Thursday, July 24, the Community Renewal Society held a large public action with 500 congregants and Chief Judge Timothy Evans to call on the Chief Judge to institute specific reforms creating an Adult Restorative Justice diversion program and moving the County away from monetary bonds.   Chicago Appleseed worked with the Community Renewal Society and the Reclaim Campaign as third party [more]
Taskforce, Including Preckwinkle, Evans, and Alvarez, Visits Washington D.C. to Review Pretrial System; and a Warning About the Expanded Use of Electronic MonitoringStakeholder Trip and Continuing Meetings on Bond Court Reform Last week, the Illinois Supreme Court issued a release describing the recent two-day trip, arranged by the Illinois Supreme Court, for the heads of the relevant Cook County agencies to review and glean the benefits of Washington D.C.’s and Montgomery County, Maryland’s pretrial systems. This trip follows the Supreme Court’s March analysis of the pretrial [more]
Court Recording and Access to JusticeLike other courts across the nation, Cook County is seeing increasing numbers of self-represented parties in the courts. At the same time that litigants are finding it harder to pay for legal services, Cook County has a projected budget deficit of $152 million for 2014, which has resulted in a reduction in the number of court reporters provided in Cook [more]