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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 →

Medicaid Expansion and the Access to Community Treatment Court

The fate of the Affordable Care Act and the Medicaid expansion, is uncertain. Illinois was one of the first states to embrace the Medicaid expansion in 2013, and it was instrumental in supporting the Access to Community Treatment court, a project of Chicago Appleseed. The Access to Community Treatment Court is a problem-solving court in the Criminal Division in the… Read more →

Access to Community Treatment Court Celebrates Third Graduation

by Ali Abid, Senior Criminal Justice Policy Analyst at Chicago Appleseed On December 2, 2016, Cook County’s Access to Community Treatment (ACT) Court achieved a major milestone by celebrating its third graduation for individuals who successfully completed the problem-solving court program. In total, 10 individuals were recognized for their efforts, and four graduates shared powerful remarks about their experience before, during, and after… Read more →