Communities & Relatives of Illinois Incarcerated Children

Communities & Relatives of Illinois Incarcerated Children (CRIIC) is a support group for people with incarcerated loved ones. Most members have loved ones serving serving extreme sentences, more than 20 years, imposed on them as youth, but everyone is welcome. Through monthly meetings, CRIIC keeps track of current legislative efforts and litigation, and also provides support and encouragement.

In a world where families with incarcerated loved ones often feel ashamed, guilty, and judged, CRIIC provides members with a forum to share their stories and offer each other comfort. The CRIIC members take yearly trips to Menard Correctional Center so families can stay connected. CRIIC members also make several trips each year to Springfield to advocate for legislative changes. 

All CRIIC meetings are currently virtual because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our upcoming meetings are:

July 13 – 1 to 2 p.m. – Outdoors at Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation

August 10 – 1 to 2 p.m. – LOCATION TBD

September 14 – 1 to 2 p.m. – LOCATION TBD

October 12 – 1 to 2 p.m. – LOCATION TBD

November 9 – 1 to 2 p.m. – LOCATION TBD

December 14 – 1 to 2 p.m. – LOCATION TBD

Email Julie Anderson at janderson@restorejustice.org if you are interested in attending.

CRIIC was founded by members of the Illinois Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Children at Northwestern University Law School in 2008, grew in partnership with Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, and officially became a part of Restore Justice upon the organization’s founding.

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