The Peer Jury program operates under the auspices of the Chicago Police Department. It is designed to provide a meaningful and remedial method of dealing with selected juvenile (under the age of 17) offenders without having those offender referred to the Juvenile Court of Cook County. The Peer Jury does not determine the guilt or innocence of the offender. The Peer Jury determines the appropriate disposition in a manner that effectively hold the juveniles accountable for their actions in accordance with the Balanced and Restorative Justice principals. A case is sent to the Peer Jury if it is appropriate for the offense committed and only when specific conditions are met which include: the juvenile admits to having committed the offense; the offense is a non-violent misdemeanor; the parent/guardian agrees to attend Peer Jury and abide by the findings of the Peer Jury. This is in accordance with the Illinois Juvenile Court Act 705 ILCS 405/5-301 (2).
Detective Clifton Underwood – Coordinator
Phone: (312) 745-6004