“Young People Delivering Justice”
 
The Homewood Flossmoor Peer Jury Program operates under the auspices of the Homewood, Flossmoor, Glenwood, East Hazel Crest and Chicago Heights police departments. The program is designed to provide a meaningful and remedial method of dealing with selected juveniles without reference to the court. The Peer Jury Program provides opportunities for victims, juvenile offenders and parents to talk together about the juvenile's criminal offense,  how it has affected everyone involved and to determine how to repair any harm.  It is a
voluntary process wherein the participants may ask questions, discuss their fears, and identify their needs.  Trained peer jurors and adult volunteers assist the participants in communicating and creating an agreement to address the harm in a realistic and attainable manner.
 
    This website is designed to introduce you to our program.  Using the navigation tools to the left you can learn more about us --  such as what we are about, our volunteers, frequently asked questions, the types of community service we do, Balanced and Restorative Justice, and some comments from our program's participants, such as parents/guardians, victims and referred teens.  
 
Welcome to our site and please feel free to browse.
 
 
 
Meet our Peer Jury Coordinator, 
 KATHRYN RAYFORD 
 
 
 
Kathryn, a long-time south suburban resident  holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois, in Urbana. She is one of the founding members of the South Suburban Restorative Justice Coalition.  Kathryn is a certified trainer of restorative practices that includes circle processes, conferencing, victim/offender mediation and peer jury.   She has conducted trainings at Governors State University; Prairie State College; The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, The Chicago Bar Association’s Justice Project; The Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice Project; the Illinois Citizen Corps; and The Illinois State Board of  Education’s 21st   Century Community Learning Centers.  She has trained school personnel in several school districts in the south suburbs of Cook County. She is an experienced facilitator, having conducted restorative conferences and circles in schools as well as in the community since 2005.  

  
 
 
 
 
 
Peace Circles are here!! 
Join us for monthly circles
 
 "Our ancestors gathered around a fire in a circle.  Families gather around the kitchen table in a circle.  Now, we are learning to gather in a circle as a community to solve problems, support one another, and connect to one another." 
 
Our peace circles are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Flossmoor Library. Contact our Peer Jury Coordinator for further information and location.
 
 
 
 


 

 
OUR PEER
JURY PROGRAM
is featured on
Wise 20 TV Chicago 
Community Forward
produced by WYCC and the Chicago Bar Association
"Remember the first time you got in trouble? Your first offense? Maybe you got grounded, or even suspended from school? Now, for first time offenders, there is a very interesting alternative that you may have never heard of. It's called "Peer Jury", where Justice is served in a very different way."

 

WYCC segment