Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice

In pursuit of accountability, restitution and reparation

Accountability, Restitution, Reparation

Restorative Justice is an approach that includes both justice and reconciliation for harms created through crime or relational conflict. Victims, offenders, and community members meet to harness their mutual humanity in pursuit of accountability and shared agreement regarding reparation. Restorative Justice is not simply about making an apology; it is about understanding the motivations of the offender and the effects on the victim. Participation requires strength and courage from both parties to learn about the other and set themselves on a path to move forward in a more positive way.

Cook County MN Restorative Justice is overseen by a volunteer Advisory Committee which includes representation from: Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Cook County Board of Commissioners, the County Attorney’s Office, Probations, Grand Portage Tribal Council, Grand Portage Health & Human Services, Cook County ISD 166 Schools, the Violence Prevention Center, participant and facilitator advocates and an administration team including the North Shore Health Care Foundation’s Executive Director Valerie Marasco Eliasen. The NSHCF adopted the program in January of 2020 to ensure its sustainability to serve this community until it can grow into its own independent nonprofit.

WHO IS INVOLVED?

The Cook County Restorative Justice program (CCMNRJ) is driven by a group of community volunteers trained to help victims and offenders find solutions that promote accountability, healing, and reconciliation. We work in partnership with the Cook County Attorney’s Office, Courts and the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Trained facilitators guide a process that involves separate meetings with both offenders and victims (and/or their representatives). The process proceeds to a joint meeting that culminates with a formal agreement between the parties. This agreement specifies tangible actions to be accomplished within a defined timeframe. Participation is voluntary and confidential.

WHO BENEFITS?
  • Victims have a voice in the process and express higher satisfaction with outcomes 
  • Offenders have higher rates of completing community service and restitution, and lower rates of recidivism
  • Early interventions can set a young person’s life on a more constructive path
  • Restorative Justice diversions can be an alternative to court sentencing, saving money for the county 
  • Community volunteerism and interagency collaboration increases community investment and strengthens services

Values In All We Do

We believe in the possibilities of people, organizations, businesses and governments working together to create a healthy community for all in Cook County. Our values represent what we believe in, what we stand for and how we approach everything we do at the North Shore Health Care Foundation. They provide a guideline for making decisions at all levels of our organization and include:

  • Responsible stewardship
  • Collaboration and partnerships
  • Efficient and effective governance
  • Compassion
  • Inherent dignity
  • Inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Being nimble

A Little Goes a Long Way

By giving to the Foundation, you can support a variety of valuable programs and services dedicated to health care, emergency services, education and healthy living in a single donation. Be a partner in your own health system.

Have an initiative that helps work towards our vision of a healthy community for all in Cook County? You could be eligible for a NSHCF grant.