John Howard Association of Illinois (JHA) works to achieve a fair, humane and cost-effective criminal justice system by promoting adult and juvenile prison reform, leading to successful re-integration and enhanced community safety.
Dear John Howard Ally:
As one of the John Howard Association's most dedicated supporters, we wanted to inform you that our current Executive Director, John Maki, has just accepted an offer from the Rauner administration to become the next Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. This is not only an amazing opportunity for John, as he will take over the state's preeminent criminal justice research and public-safety grantmaking agency, but the appointment is also a testament to John Howard Association's credibility and influence as the state's only non-partisan prison watchdog and criminal justice policy advocate.
The John Howard Association has named Jennifer Vollen-Katz as its Interim Executive Director, effective January 19th, 2015. Prior to her appointment as Interim Executive Director, Jennifer served as the Director of our Juvenile Justice Project since 2012. Jennifer has a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and has an MSc Degree from the London School of Economics in Criminal Justice Policy. Before she came to John Howard, Jennifer's background included Lecturer in Law at the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School, Staff Attorney at the Federal Defender Program, and Staff for United States' Senate Judiciary Committee.
The Board has formed a search committee to begin the process of selecting a new permanent Executive Director.
In its 113-year history of monitoring Illinois' prison system, the John Howard Association has never been so effective and essential. With more than 49,000 people incarcerated in an overcrowded, under resourced, and overused prison system, Illinois needs the John Howard Association to drive safe, humane, and effective criminal justice reform. We are confident that with your continued support of our 113-year old mission and support of its stalwart staff, we will continue to help lead efforts to bring the essential change our criminal justice system and our state needs.
Frederic J. Artwick
Logan Correctional Center (Logan) is located in Lincoln, Illinois, about a two hour and forty-five minute drive south of Chicago and a 30-minute drive north of Springfield. Logan was repurposed in March 2013 as a multiple security level female facility, which also operates the female intake Reception and Classification center (R&C) for the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC).
Read JHA's Special Report, Overcrowded, Underresourced, and Ill-Conceived: Logan Correctional Center, 2013/14 (PDF)
Lawrence Correctional Center (Lawrence) is located in Lawrence County, Illinois, about a four hour drive south of Chicago and an hour southeast of Effingham, near the Indiana border. It is a medium-security male facility within the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC).
Illinois Youth Center (IYC)-Pere Marquette (Pere Marquette) is a minimum-security facility for boys. Located more than five hours southwest of Chicago, and about an hour outside of St. Louis, Pere Marquette serves as the only step-down facility in the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ).
Crossroads Adult Transitional Center (ATC) (Crossroads) is located on the west side of Chicago. It is a minimum-security male facility, one of four ATCs remaining within the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC). Crossroads has been operated contractually by the non-profit Safer Foundation (Safer) for more than 30 years.
Danville Correctional Center (Danville) is located in Danville, Illinois, about a two and a half hours drive south of Chicago and 40 minute drive east of Champaign at the Indiana border. It is a medium-security male facility that offers notable volunteer educational programs within the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), including the University of Illinois’ Education Justice Project and the Divine Hope Reformed Bible Seminary.
Located more than five hours south of Chicago, and about a 45-minute drive east of Carbondale, Illinois Youth Center-Harrisburg (Harrisburg) serves as the male southern reception and classification center (R&C) for the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ).