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The Juvenile Justice Council is made up of youth (age 16-20) who live in Chicago and/or Cook County and work together to provide Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle with diverse youth perspectives on the County’s policies and programs involving young people and the criminal justice system in order to reduce incarceration rates and recidivism among juvenile youth in Cook County. In 2020-21, JJC worked to develop and deliver virtual Know Your Rights and Expungement workshops for Cook County youth.
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.