Resources

Organizations

Dignity in Schools
The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) challenges the systemic problem of pushout in our nation's schools and advocates for the human right of every child to a quality education and to be treated with dignity.

Justice Now
Justice Now is a community organization whose main mission is to assist individuals and their families who have fallen victim, usually due to overzealous and/or unethical conduct, to injustice at the hands of one or more of the following professionals: prosecutors, police/investigators, expert witnesses, judges, social workers.

Juvenile Justice Initiative
The Juvenile Justice Initiative is a non-profit, non-partisan statewide advocacy organization working to transform the juvenile justice system in Illinois.

Chicago Freedom School
The Chicago Freedom School was founded in 2007 by individuals committed to social justice who recognized a need for a citywide effort to provide space and educational opportunities for Chicago's young people and adult allies to gain new skills, build alliances across neighborhoods, identities, and ideologies.

Critical Resistance
Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe.

Project NIA
Project NIA offers a new way of thinking about crime and violence. They use the principles of participatory community justice – often called restorative or transformative justice – which has been shown to meet the needs of victims, reduce recidivism, and improve satisfaction with the legal system.

Information

The Sentencing Project
Established in 1986, The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration.

Restorative Justice Online
Prison Fellowship International: Centre for Justice and Reconciliation
The world's largest and most extensive criminal justice ministry, Prison Fellowship International (PFI) is a global association of over 100 national Prison Fellowship organizations

Chicago Youth Justice Data Project
Project NIA
The Chicago Youth Justice Data Project brings the most timely and relevant information about juvenile justice and youth criminalization to community members.

Media Projects

Juvenile-In-Justice
Juvenile In Justice is a project to document the placement and treatment of American juveniles housed by law in facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist and, occasionally, harm them.

Mistakes Kids Make 
Storytelling project by the MacArthur Foundation promoting teaching youth accountability and promoting healthy, productive lifestyles as opposed to punishment. 

Prison Photography
Photography from various sites of incarceration throughout the world.

Inside and Out
Chicago public radio explores juvenile justice prison system from the inside to assess the state's progress with reform.

The Real Cost of Prisons Project
Featuring comics, writing, and music by currently incarcerated men.