October 27, 2018


Bringing Depth to the Justice Conversation

Do you feel that despite the massive amount of reporting on crime and violence in Chicago, you are still not getting the context you need to understand what is happening? Do you wish the reporting would be less superficial, exploitative, and hyperbolic? We just might have the remedy for you.

Our Twitter chats will bring justice experts, community activists, scholars, and family members of victims of Chicago’s violence to you each week to answer your questions. Beyond what you see on your nightly news and in the daily paper we are providing you access to our quests without the filter of the media agenda to answer real questions.

Every Monday from 12-1pm we will bring you a new guest answering all of your questions.

If you are interested in following our weekly chats you can search for our hashtag #CJPChats or follow us at @CJPJustProj on twitter. If you want to be part of the conversation drop us a question using the #CJPChats hashtag or by direct messaging us. You can also email us your questions @ cjpchats@chicagojustice.org.

This Week’s Guest

October 29th:  Ebony Ambrose is the mother of Kevin Ambrose, 19, a Columbia College student who was killed in a mistaken identity shooting in the Bronzeville community in 2013. Ebony will answer questions about what she calls “her fight to save Kevin’s humanity” following the shooting. A fight that sadly started right after she heard about the tragic event.

She answers questions about engaging with the media, politicians, community activists, and local religious leaders all in the aftermath of her son’s murder.


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November 12th:  Dan Cooper and Ryan lugalia-Hollon discussing their book titled “The War on Neighborhoods” and their very innovative website Chicago titled “Chicago’s Million Dollar Blocks“. The data that is the basis for this website is 5 years of conviction data from the Cook County Criminal Court that was made public by the Chicago Justice Project.



November 19th:    To Be Determined

November 26th:    Retired University of Illinois at Chicago Criminal Justice Professor and expert on armed youth around the world John Hagedorn will delve into just how complicated it is to truly figure out who is in a gang and why someone might say they are even when they are not. Professor Hagedorn’s research and blog can be found at gangresearch.net.

December 3rd: Northwestern University Professor of Sociology and Director of the Northwestern Network and Neighborhood Initiative Dr. Andrew V. Papachristos will discuss the Chicago Police Department’s Strategic Subject List and the differences between this list and his work on applying network science to the study of gun violence, police misconduct, illegal gun markets, Al Capone, street gangs, and urban neighborhoods.

December 10th: Rebecca (Becky) Levin, MPH, Executive Director of Strengthening Chicago’s Youth (SCY), has worked in the violence and injury prevention field for over 16 years. In addition to her role with SCY, Becky is also the Strategic Director of the Injury Prevention and Research Center at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and serves as Principal Investigator and Co-Chair for the Preventing Alcohol Abuse in Chicago Teens (PAACT) Coalition. Becky chairs the Illinois Partnership for Safety, is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence and serves on the Midwest Injury Prevention Alliance Board. Before coming to Lurie Children’s in 2011, Becky worked at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for 12 years, overseeing all violence and injury prevention efforts. She was one of the lead staff on development of the AAP violence prevention program Connected Kids: Safe, Strong, Secure. At the AAP, she served as Project Director/Principal Investigator for numerous federally and privately funded injury and violence projects and held leadership positions on several federal expert groups addressing community-based violence prevention, injury prevention, and parenting. Becky received her bachelor’s degree in Integrated Science and Biology from Northwestern University and her master’s degree in Health Policy and Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also a trained Peace Circle Keeper.

Megan Larson is the Data Specialist for SCY, responsible for analyzing and formatting violence data and evidence-based violence prevention strategies. Before joining SCY, Megan worked with Measures for Justice where she collected and analyzed court data in efforts to measure the criminal justice process at the local level. She also spent time in Armenia developing a domestic violence awareness and prevention training series for youth. Megan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Purdue University Northwest and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Loyola University Chicago.

Dion McGill is the Manager of Communications and Community Outreach for Strengthening Chicago’s Youth (SCY), responsible for developing and implementing a communication and outreach strategy for the organization. Prior to joining SCY, Dion worked with the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence where he managed and facilitated the ICHV’s education initiatives and programs. Dion is a licensed Illinois state educator with experience teaching at both the middle and high schools levels, as well as a US Army veteran, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from Saint Xavier University, where he was the Outstanding History Department Scholar for the 2010 graduating class.