The Restore, Reinvest and Renew (R3) program will target a significant portion of cannabis revenues to communities that have been ravaged by violence and have been disproportionately impacted by historical economic disinvestment.
Funding will come from revenues collected through the legalization of adult use of cannabis. After meeting costs associated with administration and enforcement of the legalization of cannabis and expungement of old records, the R3 program will receive 25 percent of remaining cannabis revenues.
Program funds will be used to reduce gun violence through intervention and prevention, to improve re-entry and diversion services for people involved with the criminal justice system, and to support programs that improve the social determinants of health.
HOW THE PROGRAM WILL WORK
Working in coordination with Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton’s Justice, Equity and Opportunity Initiative (JEO), the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) will identify communities eligible for designation as R3 Areas.
R3 Area designation will be based on ICJIA’s data analysis, which will be made public, and ICJIA will recalculate the data for eligibility every four years. Data analysis will include rates of disinvestment, violence, gun injury, unemployment, child poverty and state prison commitments and returns to the community.
The program will be operated by the R3 Program Board, a statewide board reflecting the diversity of the state and chaired by the Lieutenant Governor.
In addition to the Lieutenant Governor, the R3 Program Board’s ex officio members will include the Attorney General, Directors of six state agencies, and four legislators chosen by the Democrat and Republican leaders of the House and Senate. As Chair, the Lieutenant Governor will appoint additional Program Board members, including public officials from each of the R3 Areas, representatives of four community based-providers or community development organizations, two violence reduction experts, and four people previously incarcerated.
The R3 Program Board will develop a process to solicit grant applications from R3 Areas, review and approve grant applications, measure positive outcomes, monitor and evaluate R3 programs and publish progress reports. Grant funds will be awarded by ICJIA in coordination with the R3 Program Board, which will provide training and technical assistance in R3 Areas.
Grants will be used to address economic development, violence prevention services, re-entry services, youth development, and civil legal aid.