Sharlyn Grace

New NJDC Report Documents States’ Failure to Protect Children’s Right to Counsel

The National Juvenile Defender Center (“NJDC”) has issued new report that examines a serious failure in our justice system: the systematic denial of children’s constitutional right to a public defense. As NJDC’s troubling new report, Access Denied, documents, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled fifty years ago in In re Gault that children have a right to “the guiding hand of… Read more →

Restorative Justice Community Court profiled in The Atlantic

Chicago Appleseed’s senior criminal justice policy analyst Sharlyn Grace was quoted in a story that came out today in The Atlantic, “Should Communities Have a Say in How Residents Are Punished for Crime?” Chicago Appleseed is proud to play a role in designing and implementing Cook County’s first Restorative Justice Community Court. Our former Senior Criminal Justice Policy Analyst, Ali… Read more →

Introducing Principles for Bail Reform in Cook County

Principles of Bail Reform in Cook County The pretrial detention system in Cook County needs reform. Cook County Jail incarcerates approximately 7,500 people per day. An additional 2,000 people are under the Sheriff’s supervision through electronic monitoring. More than 90% of the people detained are pretrial and thus presumed innocent—a considerably higher rate than the national rate of 67%. Approximately… Read more →