Insights & Information
from the fields of Criminal Justice, Recovery and Restoration of Citizenship
Illinois' Small Business Empowerment & Workforce Development Committee is holding an official state hearing on unemployment and job creation. State Representative LaShawn Ford invites all to come to the hearing and rally for jobs. For a flyer, click here.
James R. Thompson Center (NEW LOCATION)
A new report from the Congressional Research Service provides the latest data and information about the success of reentry into society for people released from prisons and jails. "Offender Reentry: Correctional Statistics, Reintegration into the Community, and Recidivism" by Nathan James, notes that the Second Chance Act of 2008 expanded the federal government's focus on reentry, and it presents a review of the "what works" literature, summarizes federal reentry programs, and lists current legislative issues relevant to the success of reentry programs and initiatives. To access the report (PDF), click here.
On June 10, Jack Cutrone, Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA), awarded a $260,000 federal grant to establish the Illinois Center of Excellence in Mental Health and Justice in Winnebago County. To help address the significant rates of mental health problems and recidivism in justice-involved populations, the center will “promote, coordinate, and provide training to communities looking to implement jail diversion programs and specialty courts for mentally ill and/or substance-abusing offenders, and offenders who are military veterans.” The center will be located at Rockford’s University of Illinois School of Medicine. Satellite programs will also be launched from several University of Illinois sites. To read more in the Park Forest eNews, click here.
Summits of Hope bring together service providers to educate the re-entry population about services of potential interest. These include health care services, education opportunities, mock job interviews, community services, and many more. Summits are held throughout the year at various locations across Illinois. Please see below for specific information regarding the three upcoming summits:
Springfield Summit of Hope
June 28, 2011, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Champaign Summit of Hope
July 12, 2011
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Kankakee Summit of Hope
September 13, 2011
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
For more information, click here.
Second Chance Act Funding Available for Juvenile Offender Reentry Program for Planning and Demonstration Projects
- Report on Best Practice Standards on the Proper Use of Criminal Records in Hiring
- JHA Reports: IDJJ and Northern R&C
- Cook Co. Clerk Hosts Expungement Summit
- JHA Report: Menard Correctional Center
- Report: Investigating the Link Between Housing Vouchers and Crime
- Sentencing Project Report: Evaluating the Justice Reinvestment Initiative
- ALERT: HB2265 / SB1003 – Mandatory Minimum Sentencing for Unlawful Use of Weapons Convictions
- ALERT: HB2404 - Raise the Age of Juvenile Court to 18 for All Offenses
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