Community Courts

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 →

Child Support Enforcement and the Function of Family Courts

This week, the New York Times published a story about how the child support enforcement systems and policies in U.S. court create a cycle of non-payment by middle and low income parents: Skip Child Support. Go to Jail. Lose Job. Repeat. Unpaid child support became a big concern in the 1980s and ’90s as public hostility grew toward the archetypal… Read more →

Innovations in Family Courts

The Domestic Relations Division of the Cook County Court is carefully examining ways to make some significant changes which will improve the level of service for everyone needing to establish parentage of a child, get child support for a child or come to a shared agreement for parenting.  Chicago Appleseed has been involved in the task force and we’ve been… Read more →