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 three years, 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.

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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.

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.

  • Alternatives, Inc.
  • Alliance of the SouthEast
  • Austin Coming Together
  • Blocks Together
  • Chicago Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Community Organizing & Family Issues
  • Community Renewal Society
  • Enlace Chicago
  • Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice
  • Illinois Justice Project
  • Logan Square Neighborhood Association
  • Mansfield Institute for Social Justice & Transformation
  • Nehemiah Trinity Rising
  • New Life Centers of Chicagoland/Urban Life Skills Program
  • Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality
  • Precious Blood
  • Kenwood Oakland Community Organization
  • Southside Together Organizing for Power
  • Southwest Organizing Project
  • The Lawndale Christian Legal Center
  • United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations (UCCRO)
  • Umoja Student Development Corporation

the
RIGHT ON JUSTICE
alliance

LATEST NEWS

Re-Imagine Justice Illinois!

The Illinois justice system has grown increasingly punitive, leading to more prison admissions, longer sentences and skyrocketing spending. Half of Illinois’ returning citizens recidivate, and 97% are set to be released into the…

GET IN CONTACT

JENNY ARWADE

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

EVELIN RODRIGUEZ

Right on Justice CoordinatorCommunities United
Email Evelin | (773) 583-1387

ELENA QUINTANA

Executive Director | IPSSJ, Adler University
Email Elena | (312) 662-4000

GRACE HOU

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