The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Community Justice Centers (CJCs) were founded on the principle that prosecutors have a responsibility not only to prosecute cases but to solve public safety problems, prevent crime and improve the quality of life for communities. Working out of neighborhood offices, the Community Justice Centers collaborate and partner with police, businesses, faith based organizations, elected officials, schools, government entities, social service agencies and community groups. The goal is met in three ways: prevention, problem solving and prosecution.
The Assistant State’s Attorneys assigned to Cook County CJC’s prosecute crimes of particular significance to the community, including targeted offenses and repeat offenders. They work to prevent crime through the presentation of seminars, workshops and speaking engagements and to inform and educate citizens on crime-related issues. They also work to problem-solve individual, neighborhood or community issues that may or may not be criminal in nature but impact the quality of life. Each CJC also has a Community Liaison, who works on networking, prevention programs and community outreach. The CJCs share resources and work closely with steering committees made up of law enforcement and other community leaders.