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from the fields of Criminal Justice, Recovery and Restoration of Citizenship
IACJ To Honor U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Congressman Danny Davis, IL Senator Mattie Hunter and IL Senator Kwame Raoul for Racial and Criminal Justice Reform Efforts
Please join us:
Sunday, March 18, 2012, 3:00 PM
Safer Foundation, 571 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago
IACJ will recognize the work of:
- U.S. Senator Dick Durbin for sponsoring the Fair Sentencing Act, signed into law in 2010 and reduces the sentencing disparity in the mandatory penalties for possession of crack versus powder cocaine. Senator Durbin is unable to attend on March 18 and his award will be presented at a later date.
- U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis for sponsoring the Second Chance Act, originally signed into law in 2008 and provides federal seed grants for programs that assist individuals released from prison to successfully reenter society
- IL State Senator Mattie Hunter for leading the Illinois Disproportionate Justice Impact Study Commission, which addresses racial disparities in justice system’s response to drug crimes
- IL State Senator Kwame Raoul for sponsoring the Illinois Crime Reduction Act, which invests in community-based solutions to nonviolent, drug-related crime
With corrections reform at the top of state and federal policy agendas, this is an opportunity to recognize legislators whose leadership has been, and continues to be, instrumental in improving policy.
RSVP: To confirm your attendance, please send an email with your name, title, and organization/affiliation to Jon.Kaplan@SaferFoundation.org.
We look forward to seeing you on March 18!
The Vera Institute of Justice's Center on Sentencing and Corrections and Cost-Benefit Analysis Unit developed a methodology to calculate the taxpayer cost of prisons, including costs outside states’ corrections budgets. Among the 40 states that participated in a survey, the cost of prisons was $38.8 billion in fiscal year 2010, $5.4 billion more than what their corrections budgets reflected. States’ costs outside their corrections departments ranged from less than 1 percent of total prison costs in Arizona to as much as 34 percent in Connecticut. In Illinois, the average annual cost per inmate in FY2010 was $38,268, significantly higher than the $22,043 reported in the Illinois Department of Corrections' 2010 Annual Report. Vera's full report provides the taxpayer cost of incarcerating a sentenced adult offender to state prison in 40 states, presents the methodology, and concludes with recommendations about steps policy makers can take to safely rein in these costs. To view the full report and state fact sheets, click here.
A report released in November 2011 by the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission charges that the state's juvenile justice system is failing to rehabilitate and return to society the youth involved in it. The Commission noted that more than half of youth released from the system return to incarceration with the juvenile system, and that it also serves as a "feeder" system for the adult correctional system. To read more in an article by Ryan Haggerty in the Chicago Tribune, click here.
On October 24, 2011, Governor Pat Quinn announced a number of appointments to the state’s more than 320 boards and commissions, including the Prisoner Review Board, to which he appointed three members: Charles Bowers, Edith Crigler, and Eric Althoff. Charles Bowers of Edwards, former police offer from Peoria and a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves, has served on the Prisoner Review board since 2006. Edith Crigler of Chicago, president of the Chicago Jobs Council’s Board of Directors and City Wide Restorative Justice committee member, was appointed by Governor Quinn to the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission in 2010. Eric Althoff of Effingham, Effingham County coroner and volunteer firefighter for over 20 years, has served on the Prisoner Review Board since 2004.
Governor Quinn is currently conducting a top-to-bottom review of Illinois’ boards and commissions to seek out ways to increase efficiency and save costs. Citizens who are interested in serving on boards and commissions can now apply online. For more information on all of the state’s boards and commissions, click here.
NRRC Webinar on Innovations in Substance Abuse Treatment: Continuing Care and Medication-Assisted Treatments for the Criminal Justice Population
Join the National Reentry Resource Center and Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network for a webinar, "Innovations in Substance Abuse Treatment: Continuing Care and Medicated Assisted Treatments for the Criminal Justice Population." Presenters will discuss the impact of a “continuing care model” to treat substance use disorders on the outcomes of justice-involved individuals. Presenters will also discuss medications for the treatment of alcohol and opioid addiction in relation to their effect on the brain and use with justice-involved individuals.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
1:00-2:30 p.m. Central Time
To register for this webinar, click here.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
9:00AM – 5:00PM
United for Better Living, Inc.
4540 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL
For more info, call 773-738-1480
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