2016 Statements

2016 Public Statements

For more information on any of these statements, please contact Jennifer Vollen-Katz, Executive Director John Howard Association, at jvollen@thejha.org or 312.291.9555.  

November 29, 2016:  JHA Testimony on Exiting Prisoners and State IDs

Hearing before the House Judiciary Criminal Committee.  Read more.

November 8, 2016:  We need to Focus on Policy not Politics

As we await the results of the 2016 elections, it is time for Illinois to turn our focus from politics to policy. Regardless of who will be taking office at the federal, state and county levels come January 2017, criminal justice system reform must be a priority.  Read more.

October 14, 2016:  Statement on the Planned Closure of the Roundhouse

The John Howard Association of Illinois (JHA) applauds the announcement by Governor Rauner that the State will close the “roundhouse,” Unit F, at Stateville Correctional Center.   Read more.

August 11, 2016:  JHA Public Comment on Proposed IDOC Rule Changes

JHA supports the rule changes to 20 Ill. Adm. Code 504 filed by IDOC on July 1, 2016.  If adopted by this committee, the proposed rule changes will be an important and constructive effort to reform IDOC's policies related to solitary confinement.  These efforts must be furthered.  Read more.

June 29, 2016:  Statement on the Illinois Budget Impasse

The petty, irresponsible infighting between Illinois’ executive and legislative leaders must end. Real lives are being destroyed, and state systems and agencies that citizens rely on as lifelines to basic necessities and care are being decimated.  Read more.

May 4, 2016:  Statement on Illinois' Use of Solitary Confinement

As the need for criminal justice and prison reform in Illinois has again become the subject of statewide conversation and political action, the John Howard Association of Illinois (JHA) urges citizens, policymakers and administrators to be specific and pragmatic regarding the goals and practices of incarceration.  Read more.

March 30, 2016:  JHA Testimony in Favor of Closing the Illinois Youth Center at Kewanee

Hearing before the Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability.  Read more.

March 3, 2016:  Statement on Criminal Justice Reform Legislation

The John Howard Association is thrilled with yesterday’s announcement by Governor Rauner and members of the General Assembly about the bipartisan legislation that has been introduced that will advance reform of Illinois’ criminal justice system.  Read more.

February 12, 2016:  Statement Regarding the Announcement of IYC-Kewanee Closure

The John Howard Association of Illinois (JHA) applauds today’s announcement to close Illinois Youth Center Kewanee (Kewanee), and supports Director Jones’ vision for a more rehabilitative juvenile justice system in Illinois by investing in community based services for youth rather than relying on large custodial institutions for those adjudicated delinquent.  Read more.