Data & Analysis
JHA’s Prison Response Unit (PRU) provides information to incarcerated individuals because they are often cut off from obtaining materials and data from reliable sources. JHA’s PRU not only responds to all incoming mail, tracking and coding information from the letters for use in our monitoring and advocacy efforts, but we focus on providing prisoner information services, including: responding to questions about a wide range of criminal justice related subjects, answering questions and providing information about correctional policies and rules, and providing documents otherwise unavailable, such as printouts of court decisions, information packets about rights, laws, facility rules, etc.
To view calendar year data summarizing the letters JHA receives and responds to, please visit:
Our survey is a paper-based staff and inmate survey tool which enhances information collection from regular monitoring visits to Illinois prisons. Surveys are anonymous and voluntary. Data from surveys will ensure the opinions of a higher percentage of people at the facility are registered, and will help to better gauge changes in perceptions over time. Further, it allows JHA to capture information we haven’t before – both in terms of the types of information we receive as well as the quantity of data. Hearing the voice of those inside prison walls is critical to our work, and this greatly increases our ability to do so.
JHA also utilizes external data - that of bodies such as IDOC and IDJJ - in our work. Links to just some of these resources can be found here.