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.

Support JHA's #GivingTuesday campaign!

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#GivingTuesday, November 28th, is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.  Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Will you please make a donation to support criminal justice reform today?

All donations made to JHA on or before #GivingTuesday, November 28th, will help support JHA's unique prison monitoring and advocacy programs.  JHA has been operating since 1901, and is the only organization in Illinois which:

  • MONITORS all adult and juvenile state prisons to help keep them accountable and make their operations transparent 
  • LISTENS to those living and working behind bars, and fights for inmate rights
  • ADVOCATES for improved conditions of imprisonment, and for policy change that is fair, effective and humane
  • EDUCATES and INFORMS the public on the realities of daily life in prison and what needs to change

We also have a unique opportunity to DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT!  All new or increased donations (vs. last year) will be matched by an Anonymous Foundation, who has gifted a $20,000 challenge grant to JHA.  All you need to do is donate - and we'll submit your donation to be matched! 

Thank you for your support!


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