Who We Are

Board of Directors

Restore Justice Illinois was founded by a dedicated group of activists and advocates who were tired of watching important but thorny criminal justice reform efforts get sidelined.   We are volunteer-driven and our board is drawn from affected communities, academic leaders, and local and national heavyweights from the reform movement.

Kevin Gallagher

Vice President


Civic Leader

Julie Anderson



Founder & Coordinator

Communities and Relatives of Illinois Incarcerated Children

Howard Conant, Jr




Urban Innovations

Jeanne Bishop



Change of Heart: Justice, Mercy, and Making Peace with My Sister’s Killer

Jobi Cates*


Founder & Executive Director

Restore Justice 

Mitch Cobey


Civic Leader

Bernardine Dohrn


Civic Leader

Mickey Gaynor


Civic Leader

De Gray


Civic Leader

Jeff Howard


Former Legal Director

Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth

Judy Wise


Civic Leader

*Ex-officio member
Restore Justice Illinois mourns the passing of Abner Mikva, a founding member of our organization, whose commitment to criminal justice reform in Illinois inspires our work and drives us to push for change every day.
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