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Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice is an independent research and advocacy organization seeking to make the courts fairer, as well as more efficient and accessible.

Annual Luncheon Our Annual Luncheon is in a month! We will be honoring the achievements of the Access to Community Treatment Court and the career dedication to the public interest of Miner Barnhill & Galland PC. Please use the Paypal form below to purchase luncheon tickets or raffle tickets. October 16, 2015 Maggiano’s Little Italy Chicago 111 W. Grand Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60654 Reception begins at 11:30 a.m. [more]
Chicago Appleseed Placed on Study Committee for Drug Field-Testing Program On August 21, 2015, HB356, a bill establishing a pilot drug field-testing program was enacted, having passed both houses of the Illinois legislature and being signed by Governor Rauner. The bill, chiefly sponsored by Representative Zalewski in the House and Senator Harmon in the Senate, was developed in collaboration with Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice, the Community Renewal Society and Reclaim Campaign, [more]
ACT Court MilestoneLast week, the Access to Community Treatment Court achieved a major milestone, celebrating its first graduation for individuals who have successfully completed the problem-solving court program. 16 individuals were recognized for their efforts.  Several graduates shared powerful remarks about their experience before, during, and after the ACT Court program. R, one of the program's first participants, said, "All my life, it seems, [more]
Bond Reform Measure Signed“The county should not be using bond being posted by non-convicted individuals as a revenue source. It’s a tax on poor black and brown people primarily,” said Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey, quoted in a WBEZ story on a new law concerning processing fees in the criminal court. The measure caps processing fees associated with posting bond prior to trial [more]
Ensuring the Public Defense of Indigent Defendants in Cook CountyThe Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, a joint group of the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and the Chicago Council of Lawyers, has released a report on whether criminal defendants in Chicago’s felony preliminary hearing courtrooms receive the public defense required by the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and by Illinois law. The report follows two years of working with stakeholders to correct problems identified by [more]
Victory for Fair Sentencing of ChildrenLast month, Illinois Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Children, Restore Justice Illinois and the Bluhm Legal Clinic celebrated the passage of their House Bill 2741. The Bill eliminates mandatory life-without-parole sentences for youth under 18 at the time of the offense and requires judges to consider specific age-related factors in mitigation at the time of sentencing. It also grants [more]