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Governors State University and Prairie State College, working with the Jane Addams Juvenile Court Foundation, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, and a coalition of other groups, will convene two free school and community safety events at Prairie State College in January.

These events will focus the public’s attention on restorative justice approaches to conflict resolution and violence reduction by demonstrating how these programs work in school and community settings, and explain how to implement them successfully. Restorative justice builds safe communities by holding youth accountable, developing responsible behaviors, restoring and respecting victims, and empowering communities to meet the obligation of providing for the general welfare of its members.