Insights & Information
from the fields of Criminal Justice, Recovery and Restoration of Citizenship
The Correctional Education Association is holding a conference in Effingham, Illinois consisting a series of education workshops spread over a two day period.
April 23, 24, 2012
Keller Convention Center - Hilton Garden Inn
1202 N. Keller Dr.
For more information about the schedule of events and registration, click here.
IACJ Recognizes Senator Dick Durbin, Congressman Danny Davis, and IL Senators Mattie Hunter and Kwame Raoul for Racial Justice Efforts
The Illinois Association for Criminal Justice presented awards Sunday to U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Congressman Danny K. Davis and Illinois State Senators Mattie Hunter and Kwame Raoul for legislative leadership in criminal justice policy.
The association’s inaugural event, held at the Safer Foundation in Chicago, featured a room filled to capacity with appreciative community members and service providers. Legislators were lauded for their commitment and sponsorship of key legislation to advance fairness in the justice system.
The association recognized Senator Durbin for authoring the Fair Sentencing Act, which was signed into law in 2010 and reduces the sentencing disparity in the mandatory penalties for possession of crack versus powder cocaine.
IACJ awarded Congressman Davis for sponsoring the Second Chance Act, which provides federal seed grants for programs that assist individuals released from prison to successfully reenter society
Senators Hunter and Raoul also received the group’s recognition for state legislative drug crime reform efforts in Springfield. Hunter successfully sponsored the Illinois Disproportionate Justice Impact Study Commission law that addresses racial disparities in justice system’s response to drug crimes.
Raoul won approval for Illinois Crime Reduction Act, a measure that invests in community-based solutions to non-violent, drug-related crime.
“At the heart of our mission, our goals are to advance criminal justice reforms that guarantee equality for all under the law, create safer communities, and reduce the financial burden of expensive and unnecessary incarceration on taxpayers,” said Diane Williams, IACJ President and CEO of Safer Foundation. “Congressman Davis and Senators Durbin, Hunter and Raoul embody those goals.”
“Our mission is to ensure that services and public policies are in place that will reduce crime and restore individuals to stability and productivity in their communities,” said Pamela Rodriguez, president of TASC (Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities), a founding organizational member of IACJ. “We’re here today because it’s vital to recognize legislative leaders when they take courageous stands in matters of fiscal responsibility and social justice. We care about these issues, we understand the impact of public policy in our communities, and we’re paying attention to what happens in Springfield and Washington.”
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According to a report recently published by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency with support from the Jane Addams Juvenile Court Foundation, black youth in Cook County are detained at forty-six times the rate of white youth. In response to these alarming rates, the Counsil recommends the county shut down a temporary detention center and to increase awareness and facilitate discussion on youth justice.
Click here to read the full report.
The John Howard Association (JHA) is hosting an event aiming to educate the public on the Illinois prison system. Individuals who were previously incarcerated, along with reformers and community-based service providers, will serve as keynote speakers. $20 at the door will provide a donation in support of JHA and pay for beer and wine.
April 12, 2012
3433 North Southport Avenue
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