Year started: 2020
Neutrals: Judge Kristyna Ryan
Eligibility: Person charged must be 18-26, charged with a nonviolent felony or misdemeanor, live in Avondale, have a nonviolent criminal history, and accept responsibility for the harm caused. The victim of the crime must also agree to participate.
Free Mediation Services Available?: No
The Restorative Justice Community Court (RJCC) serves the Avondale neighborhood and is run by Judge Kristyna Ryan. The court is held at St. Hyacinth Basilica, Resurrection Hall, 3647 W. George Street in Chicago.
The RJCC in Avondale utilizes restorative justice conferences and peace circles to resolve disputes. These practices focus on the ways that crime harms relationships in the community and brings together the people most impacted by the crime to repair the harm. Under the court's model, defendants take accountability for their actions and then work out an agreement with the person harmed and the community that can focus on restitution, community service, and letters of apology. Offenders are also connected with a variety of services including mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, education, job training, and parenting classes.
For a case to be eligible for the court, the victim of the crime must agree to participate in the process. Additionally, the person charged must be 18-26, have been charged with a nonviolent felony or misdemeanor, live in Avondale, have a nonviolent criminal history, accept responsibility for the harm caused. Judge Ryan will make decisions on community-based sentences and treatment for the defendants.
Please note, Judge Kristyna Ryan presides over the court and is the circle keeper for this Community Court. Individuals who are seeking additional information about the program should contact the Circuit Court of Cook County.
3647 W. George St. Chicago, IL 60618