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The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Message to the Public
“The role of the prosecutor’s office in the criminal justice system has traditionally begun after a crime has occurred. In an effort to work more closely with the community, the State’s Attorney’s Office has opened four Community Justice Centers in Cook County.
While the staff in these offices will work closely on the prosecution of local crime, they will also work closely with local police departments, community groups, schools, businesses and area residents to prevent crimes.
The Community Justice Centers provide many resources for area residents such as informational seminars and workshops, assistance with court information, attendance and participation at local community meetings, and working with schools to conduct youth prevention programs.
Each of the centers also has prosecutors from our Mortgage Fraud Investigations and Prosecutions Unit. These assistant state’s attorneys work closely with business groups and neighborhood organizations on mortgage fraud complaints and investigations.
With the opening of these offices, we hope to repair the trust that has been lost in recent years between law enforcement and the citizens we serve.”
State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez
Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
Community Justice Centers
With new commitments to strengthen and improve prosecutions of local crime, community policing initiatives across the country have demonstrated necessary adjustments needed to be made in the State’s Attorney’s Office. A new goal of advancing effectivity of work to alleviate crimes within the County through prevention and better criminal prosecution has been set. In line with this goal, prosecutor’s offices are determined to bring purposeful intervention with the collaborative efforts of the local police, community-based organizations, residents, and schools to bring a better quality of life for the citizens of each community.
The Cook County’s Community Justice Centers employ a three-tiered approach:
- Prosecution of local crimes
- Problem Solving involving complaints and based on criminal documents and evidence
- Prevention of local crime
The creation of this new approach, as well as the establishment of trust and creation of a thriving relationship between the citizens of the County and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, brings a significant impact on crime and the quality of life of the residents within the communities.
Community Justice Centers Services
Community Justice Center personnel are dedicated to prosecute and prevent local crime with the help of law enforcers, community-based organizations, residents, and stakeholders, with a mission to, ultimately, create a safer community and a better standard of living. With the goal of creating a more efficient prosecution process, the Community Justice Center also puts emphasis on the crime victims and witnesses by providing assistance and services, including obtaining court information on their case, and offers services that the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office – Victim-Witness Assistance Unit provides. Additionally the State’s Attorney’s Office coordinates information seminars and community crime prevention meetings to spread awareness on vital topics, including firearms, gang violence, identity theft, and mortgage fraud.
Services provided by the Community Justice Centers:
- Information on current court cases
- Assistance to obtain services form the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office – Victim Witness Assistance Unit
- Assistance to obtain services from community-based organizations that will provide necessary support and assistance to residents
- Workshops and seminars on current crime and safety issues
- Prevention programs for students through collaboration with the schools
Community Justice Center Staff
Prosecutors with outstanding and extensive background in criminal proceedings are delegated to the Community Justice Centers to provide effective and successful criminal prosecutions, and ultimately, to prevent local crime through partnerships with law enforcement, community groups, residents, and schools. These assigned members from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office work on cases close to the community and proceed to prosecute the case, working through to disposition personally.
Services Provided Community Justice Center Personnel
- Felony Assistant States Attorney – prosecutes violent crimes and works with the policy early on the case;
- Misdemeanor Assistant States Attorney – focuses on prosecutions involving quality of life cases, including vandalism, prostitution, and trespassing;
- An Assistant States Attorney ASA will perform mortgage Fraud Specialist – investigations and prosecution of cases involving mortgage fraud from the Mortgage Fraud Investigations and Prosecutions Unit;
- Community Liaison – communicate with local police, schools, community groups, and organizations to ensure concerns are being addressed in a timely manner
- Administrative Assistant – manages day-to-day office operations
Cook State’s Attorney’s Office – Community Justice Center Locations
North Side Community Justice Center
5333 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625
Serving the 19th, 20th and 23rd Chicago Police Districts
South Side Community Justice Center
9059 S. Cottage Grove Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60619
Serving the 4th, 6th and 22nd Chicago Police Districts
West Side Community Justice Center
4 Chicago Avenue
Oak Park, Illinois 60302
Serving Oak Park and the 15th Chicago Police District
Central Community Justice Center
715 W. Maxwell Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607
Serving the 11th and 12th Chicago Police Districts and University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) Campus
Updated: September 5, 2020