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Collaborative Criminal Justice Reform: Bridging the Gap Between Advocates and Agencies through Evidence-Informed Policy-Making
This one-hour forum will focus on how the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) implemented reforms made to the agency’s sentence credit system. This work grew out of statutory changes Alliance for Safety and Justice helped pass in 2018 that were designed to expand the time incarcerated people could earn off their prison sentences. The changes, however, did not initially lead to the full impact the reforms intended. This led ASJ to partner with IDOC’s leadership and enlist technical assistance from New York University’s Marron Institute to examine the administrative and practical obstacles that prevented full implementation. Through a collaborative process that used the agency's data to inform process and policy updates, IDOC was able greatly increase eligibility for sentence credits for incarcerated people and incentivize participation in programming, treatment, and pro-social activities. In January 2021, ASJ was able to provide support for IDOC's changes and further expand available sentence credits in legislation.  Through collaborative criminal justice reform, this case study provides general lessons on how government agencies, policymakers, and advocates can work together to bridge the gap that often separates reform from impact.

Apr 21, 2021 02:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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