Seeking Host Sites for the 2019 Training Season

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA)

Associate Director, Jason Stamps of the Center for Public Safety & Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago will join the cadre of expert speakers about the use of procedural justice in policing. This workshop will cover the importance of procedural justice and its impact on community policing throught the lense of Chicago, Illinois and various case studies.



Wiser Together: A Workshop with World Cafe’ Founders Juanita Brown & David Isaacs

With generous support from the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, the Center for Public Safety and Justice is partnering with the Wisdom Exchange on an exciting and relevant workshop on participatory leadership and dialogue facilitation. Wiser Together: A Workshop with World Café Founders Juanita Brown and David Isaacs will deepen participants’ practice in community engagement and conversation around questions that matter. This work is relevant to planners, researchers, community practitioners, and others committed to bringing community voice into the decisions that shape our world.

The workshop will take place on Friday, October 13, 2017 from 8:30am to 3:30pm. There is a small fee to participate, but scholarships are available.Enter code TWO4ONE for a discounted rate!


Join us for this fantastic opportunity to strengthen our practice in meaningful community engagement, providing practitioners with the tools to bring procedural justice into community building efforts.

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 New Building Blocks Resources  

In 2016, with support from the Institute for Policy & Civic Engagement at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Chicago Community Trust, CPSJ and its partners developed a unique civic engagement model to explore the intersection of health, energy and environmental inequity and public safety in the Chicago neighborhoods of North Lawndale and West Garfield Park. Over the course of 4 months, a small group of public safety stakeholders, local community leaders and residents – some with histories of criminal justice system involvement – convened monthly to participate in restorative justice circles, learn about the neighborhoods through community tours led by members of the Alumni Association of Cook County Jail, and to connect over shared meals. What resulted was a deeper understanding of the neighborhoods, their assets and challenges, and of one another. Learn more about the experience in CPSJ’s Building Blocks Report, replicate the model with the Building Blocks Toolkit and hear from North Lawndale and Garfield Park residents in the Free Spirit Media-produced video below.






The Building Blocks Experiment: An Overview
The Building Blocks Experiment: An Overview
The Building Blocks Experiment Toolkit