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Grantee Partner Spotlight: Restore Justice

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Illinois Humanities-Funded Project:

“Beyond County: Community Dialogues and Partnerships”


Chicago, IL


Founded in 2015 by criminal justice reform advocates, those formerly incarcerated, and others, Restore Justice believes every human being deserves dignity, including those who have committed serious crimes. Restore Justice works toward a day when the criminal legal system in Illinois treats every case as an opportunity to heal individuals and communities. We advocate for fairness, humanity, and compassion throughout the system, with a primary focus on those affected by extreme sentences imposed in their youth.

Jobi and Wendell
Restore Justice’s Executive Director Jobi Cates and Program Manger Wendell Robinson

Project Funded by Illinois Humanities:
The “Beyond County: Community Dialogues and Partnerships” project builds upon Restore Justice’s experience visiting 17 communities across the state. It seeks to deepen relationships and create networks between partners in Chicago as well as Belleville, Peoria, Decatur, Rockford and Naperville.

LEARN MORE ABOUT Restore Justice and read a Q&A with Jobi Cates, Executive Director and Wendell Robinson Program Director.

About the Grantee Spotlight:

Bi-monthly Illinois Humanities highlights the work of our Community Grants program partners through our “Grantee Spotlight.” It shines the light on our grantee partner’s work, offering details about the organization and the funded project, as well as a Q&A with a team member at the organization. Learn more about other featured grantee partners and projects.