Insights & Information
from the fields of Criminal Justice, Recovery and Restoration of Citizenship
Town Hall Meeting on Conceal and Carry of Handguns
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
4630 W. Augusta
For more info, click here.
To RSVP, call (773) 378-5902
The Sentencing Project has released a new briefing paper that documents the growing trend of states to close prisons. Authors note that this trend will likely result in a reduction of more than 13,000 prison beds by year end. The report, On the Chopping Block: State Prison Closings, finds that at least 13 states have closed or are considering closing correctional facilities this year, reversing a 40-year trend of prison expansion. Leading the nation in prison closings are New York State, which is considering a reduction of 3,800 beds, and Texas, with plans for a decline of 2,139 beds. Other states that are closing prisons are Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Michigan, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin. To read the full report, click here.
(From ICJIA's CJ DISPATCH, 8 August, 2011). In 2009, the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) embarked upon a strategic planning process ("Smarter Solutions for Crime Reduction: Strategic Planning Initiative"), bringing together policymakers and practitioners at the state and local levels to craft a long-range plan to guide criminal justice policy, funding, and research over the coming years. While the final strategic plan will be released in September 2011, ICJIA has published a progress report on activities and achievements through June 2011. Click here to access the progress report.
The Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force presents the First Annual Human Trafficking two-day conference. Topics include building strong cases for prosecution, labor trafficking, sex trafficking, immigration, forensic interviewing, street outreach, and more.
August 23 and 24, 2011
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Loyola University of Chicago
To register for the conference, click here. (Registration closes on August 15.)
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 upcoming summits:
September 6, 2011
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Parks and Recreation Community Center
900 W 10th Street
September 13, 2011
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
October 4, 2011
Delta Center Activity Center
421 30th Street
November 01, 2011
Rooland W. Lewis Community Building
For more information, click here.
(From ICJIA's CJ DISPATCH, 27 July, 2011). In response to the growth of Illinois' correctional populations, and to ensure that sentencing policy is effective and efficient, the state created the Sentencing Policy Advisory Council (SPAC) and passed The Crime Reduction Act of 2009. Through its enabling legislation, SPAC is mandated to conduct research and analysis regarding sentencing policy and practices in Illinois, and to examine how these impact correctional populations in the state. SPAC's report provides an overview of the Illinois' sentenced populations and the forces that influence the population's size and type of sentencing. It also discusses how criminal justice practices have changed in Illinois over the past 20 years, with a specific emphasis on changes in sentencing practices. To read the full research brief, click here.
- 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
- FAMM Report: How Sentencing Safety Valves Can Increase Public Safety and Save Money
- MacArthur Foundation Project: Mistakes Kids Make
- Restorative Justice Town Hall Meeting
- ACLU: Reducing Reliance on Incarceration in 2013
- Sun-Times: End Felony Charges for Prostitution in Illinois
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