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In partnership with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the Judicial Advisory Council, Mikva Challenge launched the Juvenile Justice Council (JJC) in the summer of 2013. JJC serves as an advisory and advocacy body that provides diverse youth perspectives on the policies and programs involving young people and the criminal justice system, with a particular emphasis on how to reduce rates of incarceration and recidivism among juvenile youth in Cook County.
Throughout the summer, Mikva Challenge youth policymakers identified the most pressing issues and inequities currently affecting Chicago youth. At a town hall event, they presented their policy recommendations and identifying ways to take action to turn their vision for our city into a reality. Read the Juvenile Justice Council’s full set of recommendations.
While their presence and charisma was inspiring, it was how they substantiated the reason/purpose for the recommendations that was most motivating and caused an immediate internalized commitment that we would do what we could to bring their ideas to life.