Patrick Keenan-Devlin on the New Station Adjustment Forms in Evanston PD

Moran Center Executive Director, Patrick Keenan-Devlin, was interviewed by Evanston Round Table about his role in redesigning the station adjustment forms for the Evanston Police Department. Keenan-Devlin was a part of the the Alternatives to Arrest Committee whose goal, “is to find local alternatives to arrests for misdemeanors and reduce the number of young adults that have a difficult time finding a job later in life because of an arrest or conviction on their record.” The article entitled, New Station Adjustment Forms Designed for Clarity and Support for Juveniles Arrested by Evanston Police, describes what changes have been made to the station adjustment forms and the inclusion of restorative support in the new form design. 

Read more about this here: https://bit.ly/2OJjVBH 

HB4208 Vetoed by Governor Rauner – Override This

HB4208 establishes the School Safety and Healthy Learning Environment Grant Program which requires schools with high discipline rates to submit plans to reduce school suspensions/expulsions and provides grants (subject to appropriation) for school districts to implement restorative interventions. Governor Rauner amendatorily vetoed a provision within the legislation prohibiting schools from using grant funds to “increase the use of school based law enforcement or security personnel.” The Governor reasoned that local school districts are better positioned to decide how to ensure school safety. This revision, however, undermines the purpose of the proposal – providing schools with resources to invest in restorative alternatives to law enforcement. The intent of HB4208 was not to demean the role of law enforcement in maintaining community safety, but simply to incentivize schools to explore other means of creating healthier school environments. Override! 

Cook County Bars the Detention of Children Under the Age of 13

Ordinance 18-4955 was passed on Wednesday September 12th by the Cook County board. Commissioner Suffredin recently introduced this Ordinance, which ends the practice of detaining children under the age of 13 in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and Cook County Jail. The Juvenile Justice Initiative distributed a letter, written by the Moran Center, supporting the Ordinance to the Cook County Board urging them to pass it. You can read this letter here: Moran Center’s Statement of Support for Ordinance 18-4955

The Moran Center applauds this Ordinance as one step toward reducing the number of children jailed in Cook County!

See press coverage here: https://bit.ly/2xeTQU4 and https://bit.ly/2Ne4epm

Pam Cytrynbaum Interviewed in Peacebuilder Magazine

The Moran Center’s Restorative Justice Coordinator, Pam Cytrynbaum, was interviewed for the 2018 publication of Peacebuilder Magazine. This magazine is published by the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. Cytrynbaum was interviewed about her participation in the Zehr Institute’s first online course on law enforcement and restorative justice. The article can be access at https://bit.ly/2x33Izh

Criminal & Traffic Assessment Act Passed

100-0987 (HB4594) also known as the Criminal and Traffic Assessment Act, reforms the system of court costs, fines, and fees in Illinois. The Act reduces the hardship of court costs on low-income individuals and reduces the burden on the court system of collecting these fees by making the system more effective and efficient. The Act also allows individuals to obtain full or partial waivers of criminal fines and fees, thus ensuring that people will not remain in the court system due to poverty or a lack of money. Thanks to the Chicago Bar Foundation for your leadership in championing this important reform to Illinois’ criminal justice system!  

Learn more about the act here: https://bit.ly/2NLnWou 

Civil Legal Clinic Volunteer Orientation

The Moran Center is looking for volunteers (lawyers and non-lawyers) to volunteer at the School-Based Civil Legal Clinic. We will host a volunteer orientation and training session on September 8, 2018 at 12 pm at Chute Middle School (1400 Oakton St., Evanston).

The orientation will provide volunteers with detailed information about the time commitment, policies and procedures for the clinic. You will also have an opportunity to see the clinical space and meet the other volunteers.

Please contact Joan Clay for more information.

Joan Clay
jclay@moran-center.org
224-714-0516

Civil Legal Clinic Volunteer Orientation

The Moran Center is looking for volunteers (lawyers and non-lawyers) to volunteer at the School-Based Civil Legal Clinic. We will host a volunteer orientation and training session on June 9, 2018 at 12 pm at Chute Middle School (1400 Oakton St., Evanston).

The orientation will provide volunteers with detailed information about the time commitment, policies and procedures for the clinic. You will also have an opportunity to see the clinical space and meet the other volunteers.

Please contact Joan Clay for more information.

Joan Clay
jclay@moran-center.org
224-714-0516

Civil Legal Clinic – Volunteer Orientation

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Moran Center is looking for volunteers (lawyers and non-lawyers) to volunteer at the School-Based Civil Legal Clinic which opens on April 4, 2018 at Chute Middle School. We will host a volunteer orientation and training session on March 22, 2018 at 7pm at Chute Middle School (1400 Oakton St., Evanston).

The orientation will provide volunteers with detailed information about the time commitment, policies and procedures for the clinic. You will also have an opportunity to see the clinical space and meet the other volunteers.

If you cannot attend the orientation, please let us know. We will be scheduling additional orientations in the future!

Please contact me with any questions.

Joan Clay
jclay@moran-center.org
224-714-0516

Moran Center Launches School-Based Civil Legal Clinic

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       March 15, 2018

MORAN CENTER ANNOUNCES OPENING OF SCHOOL-BASED CIVIL LEGAL CLINIC AT EVANSTON’S CHUTE MIDDLE SCHOOL

The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy (“Moran Center”) will open a school-based civil legal clinic at Chute Middle School (“Chute”) in Evanston on April 4, 2018.  The clinic will provide free information and legal assistance on a wide variety of non-criminal topics including adoption, consumer/bankruptcy, family law, guardianship, housing, immigration, and public benefits. The Moran Center, which historically represents youth and young adults in criminal and special education proceedings, aims to “go deeper” in meeting the legal needs of families with school-aged children by launching this clinic. According to Patrick Keenan-Devlin, Moran Center’s Executive Director, “When under-resourced families experience unsafe housing, illegal eviction, or loss of public benefits, children frequently miss school, fall behind, and experience school failure. By tackling families’ civil legal issues, we can further minimize the ‘justice gap’ that puts children at risk of disengaging from school, substance abuse, mental health challenges, and even incarceration.”

The pilot civil legal clinic will be located at Chute (1400 Oak Street, Evanston) and will be open for walk-in hours every 3rd Saturday from 9:00am-1:00pm and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 5:30pm-8:00pm. Joan Clay, recently hired Moran Center staff attorney, will lead the efforts at the clinic, working closely with pro-bono attorneys, Evanston/Skokie School District 65, and partner agencies, including Metropolitan Family Services and Y.O.U., in an effort to build-up Chute as a hub of social services within the neighborhood. The Moran Center will conduct intakes at Chute, while also accepting referrals via our office phone line while the clinic is not operational. The staff attorney, as well as members of the pro bono legal team, will provide brief advice, directly refer matters to partner legal aid agencies, and/or agree to represent families. The Moran Center will additionally provide trainings to administrators, faculty, and staff, as well as families at Chute, Dawes, Oakton, and Walker in identifying common legal issues and how best to refer families to the clinic.

For more information about the school-based civil legal clinic at Chute, please visit moran-center.org or call Joan Clay at 847-492-1410 x201.

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Background information on the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy

The Moran Center provides free integrated legal and social work services to more than 1400 Evanston youth and their families every year. For nearly 40 years, the Moran Center has been disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline with a lifeline of innovative, holistic legal and social work programs. We believe ALL kids deserve JUSTICE in the courtroom, ACCESS to the classroom, and SUPPORT in the community. Learn more at www.moran-center.org.

At The Polls Part 7: Early Intervention & Prevention

The Moran Center supports investment in critical prevention and intervention programs, like CCBYS (24/7 emergency services for children and youth in crisis), TeenReach (after school programming), Redeploy Illinois (last-ditch community alternatives to incarceration), and wrap-around supports for youth aging out of the child welfare system, as alternatives to the well-funded pipelines that funnel youth and young adults into systems of incarceration and institutionalization. To learn more about the importance of these interventions, please visit the Juvenile Justice Initiative.

Links to Justice In Action At The Polls Series:

Part 1: Why the Illinois midterms matter

Part 2: Voters’ Guide

Part 3: Raise the Age of Juvenile Court to 21

Part 4: 24/7 Juvenile Detention Review

Part 5: Restorative Justice

Part 6: Access to Mental Health – Medicaid Rate Reform