For a Just Society


Considered one of Chicago’s most tenacious and versatile advocates for the public interest, BPI is a law and policy center that for 50 years has worked to create a just society.

Our work today focuses on addressing the challenges of urban poverty and racial inequity, increasing housing and educational opportunity, building vital communities, strengthening early childhood learning, reforming our criminal justice system, and improving governmental integrity and efficiency.


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A People’s Tribunal: COVID-19 and the Crisis of Death by Incarceration

On June 4, 2020, BPI joined Parole Illinois, Chicago Torture Justice Center, Chicago Votes, and Mothers Activating Movements for Abolition & Solidarity (MAMAS) in co-sponsoring “A People’s Tribunal: COVID-19 and the Crisis of Death by Incarceration.” More than 250 participants,…

Equity in Education in the Time of COVID-19: Two Local Perspectives

Artishia Hunter, Senior Education Associate at BPI, recently had the pleasure of interviewing an educator and a parent in the Altgeld-Riverdale community. While equity in education was the focus of our interviews, these individuals also speak to how families are…
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