About Right on Justice

Launched in early 2014, Right on Justice (ROJ), is an initiative convened by Communities United, formerly known as Albany Park Neighborhood Council (APNC), the Adler University Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice (IPSSJ), and Woods Fund Chicago.

Over the past year, the ROJ initiative has grown into an alliance comprised of over 20 community organizing, faith-based, policy and legal groups, universities, and Restorative Justice practitioners from across Chicago and its surrounding communities.

The ROJ alliance envisions justice reinvestment through a racial equity approach in Chicago and beyond; with a mission to halt the school to prison pipeline and end mass incarceration of low-income communities of color through community organizing and restorative justice philosophy and practices.

Right on Justice seeks to:

  • Advance change in Chicago schools, communities, and justice systems that will reduce crime, its human and economic costs, and the disproportionate representation of youth and communities of color in Illinois' justice system.
  • Align support and build capacity for change through the development of an alliance of metropolitan Chicago communities, schools, families, governments, organizers, restorative justice practitioners, and advocates working together to change policies and replace punitive practices with trauma-informed restorative justice systems.

  • Evaluate the costs and benefits of shifting local, state and national policies and resources away from costly punitive justice approaches to effective restorative and preventative policies and practice.

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Why Right On Justice?

Right On Justice seeks transformational investment in youth and communities of color, who are disproportionately represented at every step of our justice system and who pay the price of incarceration and lost opportunities.

For More Information

Jenny Arwade
Co-Executive Director
Communities United
Email | (773) 583-1387

Evelin Rodriguez
Right on Justice Coordinator
Email | (773) 583-1387

Elena Quintana
Executive Director
Institute on Public Safety & Social Justice,
Adler University
Email | (312) 662-4000

Grace Hou
President, Woods Fund Chicago
Email | (312) 782-2698