Publication type: Research Report


publications  |   Juvenile Justice in Illinois, 2015

Published: July 12, 2017
Juvenile Justice in Illinois, 2015, provides a statistical overview of the juvenile justice system in Illinois across four decision points in which data were available: arrest, detention admissions, active probation caseloads, and new sentence admissions to corrections. Statewide and regional figures are provided with rates spanning from 2011 to 2015. In addition, population, demographic, and offense type information is provided for decision points in which data were available in 2015. Overall, rates for arrest, active probation caseload, detention admissions, and new sentence admissions to corrections have decreased between 2011 and 2015; however, the Central and Southern regions had slight increases in detention admission rates.

publications  |   An examination of juvenile sex offenders in the Illinois juvenile justice system

Published: February 14, 2017
Juveniles adjudicated delinquent for a sex offense can result in lifelong consequences, including sex offender registration. Further, there can be repercussions financially, emotionally, and socially for a juvenile and his/her family that extend throughout the individual’s life. Given the potential negative impact of sex offender registration, it is important to understand the implications of the registry within the larger context of youth development and juvenile justice. This report analyzes characteristics of youth arrested, detained, and admitted to corrections in Illinois in 2014 and associated trends from 2004 to 2014.

publications  |   Ad Hoc Victim Services Committee Research Report

Published: January 31, 2017
On January 10 and 11, the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) convened the Ad Hoc Victim Services Committee (Committee). ICJIA researchers, with assistance from Aeffect, Inc., a research consulting agency, completed a six-month research project to identify crime victim needs and service gaps and measure the existing capacity of Illinois victim service providers. This article provides an overview of the research approach and the 12 key funding priorities discussed during the Committee and approved by the ICJIA Board on January 27, 2017. The priority areas will guide statewide funding decisions and the development of Notice to Fund Opportunities (NOFO) for the next three years.

publications  |   Housing and Services After Prison: Evaluation of the St. Leonard’s House Reentry Program

Published: December 18, 2016
More than 500,000 individuals are released from prison each year. As they return to their communities, they face obstacles in finding employment and housing, as well as significant debt, outstanding fines, and restitution payments. Two-thirds of this population are arrested again within three years. St. Leonard’s House in Chicago offers voluntary, supportive housing for men exiting prison. Program clients receive housing, substance abuse treatment, psychological services, life skills, mentoring, and education and vocational services. Authority researchers used qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection, as well as quasi-experimental design and advanced statistical analysis, to examine outcomes after program participation, including arrests, convictions, incarcerations, and employment.

publications  |   Reentry support: Lessons learned from community-based programs

Published: October 21, 2016
In 2014, the Reentry Program, one of three components of Illinois’ Community Violence Prevention Program (CVPP) receiving funds through the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, provided services to youth and young adults on parole and aftercare in 21 Chicago area communities in order to assist with their compliance with parole board orders and other aspects of successful community reintegration, such as educational enrollment and employment. Authority researchers examined the Reentry Program component of the Community Violence Prevention Program (CVPP) to ascertain how the program was meeting the reentry needs of Chicago area youth and young adults.

publications  |   Juvenile Justice in Illinois, 2014

Published: September 8, 2016
Juvenile Justice in Illinois, 2014 outlines juvenile justice statistics across the four process points in which data were available: arrest, detention, court, and corrections. Decreases in the statewide figures were noted across all of the data points examined, indicating that fewer youth were entering and moving through the system. This article highlights select key findings from the full report.

publications  |   Learning about probation from client perspectives: Feedback from probationers served by Adult Redeploy Illinois-funded program models

Published: September 6, 2016
Satisfaction with the criminal justice system often reflects the opinions of the public rather than that of the offender. When probation clients are able to provide feedback in a meaningful way, they are less marginalized and alienated from a process attempting to make changes in their behavior and attitudes. Authority researchers interviewed probationers served by Adult Redeploy Illinois program models to gain their perspectives and make recommendations for program enhancement.

publications  |   Drug trends and distribution in Illinois: A survey of drug task forces

Published: August 17, 2016
In Illinois, the distribution of controlled substances is a significant problem and task forces were created to combat the distribution of controlled substances at the local level. This study sought to understand the extent of the drug problem in the jurisdictions covered by each drug task force. Authority researchers surveyed 19 Authority-funded drug task forces on types of drugs, frequency, trends, use, and distribution.

publications  |   Fidelity to the intensive supervision probation with services model: An examination of Adult Redeploy Illinois programs

Published: June 16, 2016
Growing public support for prison reform has brought attention to community-based supervision alternatives, including intensive supervision probation (ISP) for offenders who are at significant risk of being incarcerated. This report provides an examination of four intensive supervision probation with services (ISP-S) programs supported by Adult Redeploy Illinois (ARI), as well as recommendations for policy and practice.

publications  |   Transitional housing for victims of intimate partner violence

Published: May 3, 2016
Many victims of intimate partner violence find themselves at increased risk for homelessness as they make efforts to escape violence. The lack of stable, safe, and affordable housing is associated with negative outcomes for these victims. This article describes the relationship between housing instability and victim health and well-being, issues to consider when addressing housing stability for this population, and recommendations for policy and practice.

publications  |   Addressing Child Exposure to Violence

Published: April 12, 2016
| Each year a notable number of children are exposed to violence in their homes and communities. This exposure can result in negative health and well-being consequences. Safe from the Start (SFS) programs were funded to provide treatment services and supportive referrals to children exposed to violence and their families. This report provides an overview of the Illinois Safe from the Start program, program outcomes, and implications for policy and practice.

publications  |   Assessing the quality of Illinois Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) System data on juveniles

Published: January 22, 2016
Detailed statewide statistical data is needed to inform juvenile justice policy decisions. The Illinois Criminal History Record System offers promise, and has been used with some success, but its full potential for statistical purposes has not been systematically evaluated. This report provides such an assessment, focusing on the completeness of the juvenile arrest and court information collected by the CHRI System in light of state statutes that govern reporting practices.

publications  |   MALE SURVIVORS OF URBAN VIOLENCE AND TRAUMA: A Qualitative Analysis of Jail Detainees

Published: December 17, 2015
Urban violence is a major public health concern and at epidemic levels in some neighborhoods, directly impacting the mental health of its residents (Morris, n.d.). The rate of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among urban populations is estimated to be around 31 percent, higher than the PTSD rate among returning Iraq war veterans of 17 percent (Donley et al., 2012; Hoge, Terhakopian, Castro, Messer, Engel, 2007).

publications  |   Fidelity to the Evidence-Based Drug Court Model: An Examination of Adult Redeploy Illinois Programs

Published: December 8, 2015
Drug courts emerged in the 1990s to address serious drug offending while improving offender outcomes and reducing incarceration costs. Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority researchers examined drug courts funded by Adult Redeploy Illinois (ARI) in five counties. Data to measure the 10 key components was collected after 18 months of program implementation (August 2012 to July 2013). ARI applies evidence-based, data-driven, and result-oriented strategies to curb prison overcrowding and enhance public safety.

articles  |   Women and reentry: Evaluation of the St. Leonard’s Ministries’ Grace House Program

Published: December 8, 2015
The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority has been evaluating St. Leonard’s Ministries programs since 2011. As part of that evaluation, Authority researchers examined administrative program data and outcomes of residents after program participation, conducted interviews with program staff and stakeholders and completed field observations to identify program components that are effective in contributing to successful resident outcomes, learn about the programs’ residents and operations, and analyze client outcomes. This report focuses on Grace House, a voluntary, residential, prisoner reentry program for women. Those accepted into the program receive housing, substance abuse treatment, psychological services, life skills mentoring, and education and vocational services.

publications  |   Women and Reentry: Evaluation of the St. Leonard’s Ministries’ Grace House Program - Second in a series

Published: December 8, 2015
Grace House is a voluntary, residential prisoner reentry program for women. Those accepted into the program receive housing, substance abuse treatment, psychological services, life skills mentoring, and education and vocational services. In this study, researchers tracked outcome data on a sample of 25 women, each with an average of three periods of incarceration.

publications  |   A Statewide Examination of Mental Health Courts in Illinois: Program Operations and Characteristics

Published: October 22, 2015
Mental Health Courts (MHCs) are designed to serve the challenging, multifarious, and extensive service needs of people with serious mental illness (PSMI). The current report describes the findings of an evaluation of MHCs in Illinois. First implemented nearly 20 years ago, MHCs provide treatment and programming in comprehensive case management strategies, which draw on permanent partnerships with community-based agencies and a wealth of providers through a brokered network of interventions. Most employ a team approach to supervision with dedicated stakeholders (prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation officers, mental health professionals), individualized treatment plans, voluntary and informed participation, specialized dockets and caseloads, and highly involved and proactive judges who preside over frequent court hearings and non-adversarial proceedings. Satisfactory program completion is defined by predetermined criteria. Clients are motivated to succeed by the threat of sanctions and the promise of rewards.

publications  |   Safe From the Start Year 13: 2001-2014

Published: September 2, 2015
This evaluation report reflects the assessment and service provision activities for 4,691 children predominantly ages 0 to 5 exposed to violence, along with their caregivers, who sought treatment at the 11 Illinois sites participating in the Safe From the Start (SFS) program between July 2001 and June 2014. Treatment services could include individual child and adult therapy, family therapy, family support services, psycho-education, and case management.

articles  |   Evaluation of St. Leonard’s Ministries: Case studies of former residents of St. Leonard’s House and Grace House

Published: July 29, 2015
More than 2.4 million people are confined in the U.S. in state and federal prisons, juvenile corrections, and jails. Each year, more than half a million individuals are released from prison and return to their communities. After leaving prison, offenders with criminal records face obstacles such as difficulty finding employment and housing, significant debt, outstanding fines, and restitution payments.

articles  |   Evaluation of the 2014 Community Violence Prevention Program’s Parent Program

Published: July 29, 2015
Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority researchers conducted an evaluation of the Community Violence Prevention Program’s (CVPP) Parent Program. The program, which ended August 2014, sought to increase protective factors to reduce child maltreatment by employing and training nearly 1,000 Chicago-area parents to lead service projects to help other parents in 20 communities.

articles  |   Performance incentive funding for prison diversion: An implementation study of the DuPage County Adult Redeploy Illinois Program

Published: July 10, 2015
Adult Redeploy Illinois (ARI) applies evidence-based, data-driven, and result-oriented strategies to curb prison overcrowding and enhance public safety. Since 2010, the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (Authority) has administered grant funding for ARI and offered research, evaluation, and technical assistance to the program.

publications  |   An Evaluation of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Deferred Prosecution Program

Published: July 8, 2015
This evaluation looks at the development, implementation, and impact of the Cook County State Attorneys’ Deferred Prosecution Program (DPP). Researchers used a mixed methodological approach involving qualitative and quantitative methods including a quasi-experimental design to measure outcomes.

publications  |   Evaluation of St. Leonard’s Ministries: Case studies of former residents of St. Leonard’s House and Grace House - First in a series

Published: May 12, 2015
This report, the first in the series for the St. Leonard’s Ministries’ evaluation, focuses on five case studies. St. Leonard’s Ministries operates two, transitional, residential programs with supportive services—St. Leonard’s House (SLH) provides housing for adult men exiting prison, and Grace House (GH) provides housing for adult women exiting prison. The goal was to learn about the life experiences of program participants before, during, and after the program.

publications  |   Performance incentive funding for prison diversion: An implementation study of the DuPage County

Published: March 3, 2015
This evaluation of DuPage County Adult Redeploy Illinois (ARI) explored both planning and implementation of ARI programming during its pilot phase starting January 1, 2011 and concluding in June 30, 2012.

publications  |   FY2015 Freedom from Drones Annual report

Published: February 1, 2015
In accordance with the Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act [725 ILCS 167], the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority is pleased to announce publication of the FY 2015 Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act Annual Report.