Welcome to the John Howard Association of Illinois

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The John Howard Association, or JHA, independently monitors correctional facilities, policies and practices, and advances reforms needed to achieve a fair, humane and effective criminal justice system in Illinois.

JHA’s vision for Illinois is to achieve a smaller, rehabilitative criminal justice system that supports incarcerated individuals so they may return to society as productive citizens.

Read more about our impact here.

New 2017 Prisoner Letter Data Released!

JHA recently released 2017 data on the letters from prisoners received and responded to by JHA during the 2017 calendar year.  During this time, JHA processed nearly twice as many letters as the prior year: 5,140 letters from 2,543 individuals who were housed in a prison or jail. Of the 2,543 people who wrote JHA in 2017, more than half, 1,866, contacted JHA for the first time. In addition, JHA received and responded to more than 579 calls and emails from people in the community.  Learn more here.

New 2017 Survey Reports Released!

JHA recently released 2017 inmate and/or staff survey results from the following facilities:  Decatur, East Moline, Hill, Logan, Menard, Pinckneyville, Sheridan, Stateville and Western Illinois.  Learn what inmates and staff think about topics such as healthcare, safety and facility conditions.