In 2005 IMAN established Project Restore, a two-pronged strategy using direct services and advocacy work to address recidivism and public safety in our communities. The goal of Project Restore is to help reduce mass incarceration and provide alternative sentencing for nonviolent drug offenders.
IMAN’s Project Restore has been working in a leadership capacity with the Developing Justice Coalition to enact The SMART Act– a bill that allows judges to divert low-level, non-violent drug offenders into county “drug schools.” Drug schools have a 15% recidivism rate as opposed to the 55% percent that return to prison. In May 2007, this critical piece of legislation passed unanimously through the Illinois State Senate.
In 2007 IMAN introduced its Project Restore Transitional Housing Pilot Program. IMAN’s transitional housing facility currently houses five formerly incarcerated Muslim men who are focusing on community service, counseling and job training. The residents are also involved in criminal justice reform work with Project Restore.