Suffredin- An Advocate for All of Us  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
  Cook County is the second most populous county in the nation. It is the 19th largest government in the U.S.
   
     
     
     



Peer juries seen as a safety valve
With Juvenile Courts jammed, 'restorative justice' gets a try

Friday, August 14, 2009
Chicago Tribune
by Kim Janssen

Get rid of the judge and attorneys, give the victim a say and let community volunteers decide on punishment -- that's the idea behind "restorative justice," a radically different approach to tackling child crime.

Authorities hope it could be a key to reducing the massive backlog of south suburban juvenile delinquency cases.

Already widely used elsewhere, forms of restorative justice vary.

In some towns and schools, "peer juries" of children overseen by an adult hear minor cases -- such as shoplifting or petty vandalism -- that have been diverted from court. In others, a mediator sits down with the victim, the offender and their families, to try to resolve disputes.

In theory, everyone wins. The victim gets swift justice; the offender is spared court and a juvenile record; the community is involved in the punishment; and the taxpayer pays only for training and administrative costs.

In practice, the limitations are clear. At a recent peer jury hearing in Worth Township, an all-white teenage peer jury sat in judgment of mostly Hispanic defendants. Without an interpreter, many of the Hispanic and Polish parents of the defendants could not follow the proceedings. One young Polish boy who had made prank calls was told to read his mother an English apology she couldn't understand. Easily distracted, most teen jurors asked questions by rote, and then let adult administrators decide the punishments, which typically included community service, an apology and an essay.

But when it works, it's a "powerful, emotional process" that forces children to take responsibility in a way that courts can't, said Mary Fazzini, who runs a peer jury in Homewood- Flossmoor.

"There's lots of tears," she said.


Recent Headlines

While detainees sit, Cook County bail reform drags on
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Morning Spin: Dorothy Brown contract stalls amid accusations of 'potential half-truths'
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Chicago Tribune

South Austin man charged in shooting near Cook County courthouse
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Man wounded in hail of gunfire outside Cook County courthouse
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Des Plaines Mayor Says Compost Proposal On Dump Site Will Be Delayed
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Journal Online

Man wounded in hail of gunfire outside Cook County courthouse
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Ensuring Earlier Access to Attorneys for Arrestees in Chicago
Monday, March 20, 2017
wttw Chicago Tonight

Officials: Glencoe, Forest Preserve District close to finalizing golf club land use agreement
Friday, March 17, 2017
Chicago Tribune

The mysterious case of Philippe Loizon and $200,000 charged to Cook County taxpayers
Friday, March 17, 2017
Chicago Tribune

6 Ways the Republicansí Proposed Health Care Bill Could Impact Cook County
Friday, March 17, 2017
Chicago Magazine

Cook County Board Lobbying Activity Dropped In 2016
Thursday, March 16, 2017
The Daily Line

River Forest opts out of Cook County minimum wage, sick leave rules
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Clerk Orr: Sugary drink tax, ridesharing tax ordinance were focus of Cook County lobbying activity in 2016
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County Board Lobbying Activity Dropped In 2016
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Daily Line

Kim Foxx planning to revamp Cook County wrongful-conviction unit
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

Sheriff dropped from lawsuit challenging bail; focus now on Cook County judges
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Injustice Watch

Cook County Pushing To Make It Easier To Expunge Juvenile Records
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
WBEZ

Making it easier to get juvenile arrest records expunged
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Daily Northwestern

Cook County Jail Is Being Dropped From Lawsuit Against Jail
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
US News and World Report

Still radical at 75, Bernardine Dohrn says turn Cook County Jail into park
Monday, March 13, 2017
Chicago Tribune

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP