Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Commissioner Chuy Garcia announced $500,000 in new grant funding on Wednesday that will go toward restorative justice organizations.
Restorative justice organizations can begin applying for the grants later this month, according to the officials. Last year, Preckwinkle made a commitment to the Reclaim Campaign, which includes the Community Renewal Society and Southside Together Organizing for Power, to support more restorative justice efforts.
"Through our Justice Advisory Council, we invest in locally based initiatives that emphasize restorative justice, recidivism reduction and violence prevention," Preckwinkle said in a statement. "I view the programs we support as key components in the network of services we are building to reach everyone who experiences violence, whether they are characterized as victims or offenders."