CGLA was established in 1973 to serve legal needs arising from the lack of opportunity, criminalization of poverty, and racial inequity experienced within the Cabrini Green community. Since then, CGLA has grown beyond a single neighborhood to become a citywide, countywide, and now recognized statewide leader in supporting low-income individuals negatively impacted by the criminal legal system. Any engagement with the criminal legal system can greatly disrupt an individual, family, and community’s quality of life. For this reason, our mission is to provide holistic legal services that include social support services and advocacy for individuals and communities negatively impacted by the criminal legal system. We aim to remove barriers to equity in order to achieve a more just and equitable criminal legal system
Since 1973 CGLA has strived to remove barriers to equity for people impacted by the criminal legal system.
At CGLA, we mitigate the criminal records barrier by employing an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together teams of lawyers and social workers to comprehensively support client goals.
Meet our Board of Directors and Associate Board that serve and support CGLA in advancing its mission
Meet the CGLA's Executive team and Staff.
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