Welcome to the John Howard Association of Illinois

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The John Howard Association, or JHA, independently monitors correctional facilities, policies and practices, and advances reforms needed to achieve a fair, humane and effective criminal justice system in Illinois.

JHA is looking for new staff members!  Click here to learn more.

Upcoming event: September 14th

JHA Annual Luncheon with Guest Speaker John Pfaff, Author of Locked In:  The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform


August 16, 2017: JHA Statement on the Federal Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act

In July of 2017 the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act, S. 1524, was introduced by U.S. Senators Corey Booker (NJ), Kamala Harris (CA), Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Illinois’ senior Senator Richard Durbin. As Illinois’ only independent, non-partisan prison watchdog and advocate for a fair, humane and effective criminal justice system, the John Howard Association of Illinois (JHA) applauds this step. Many of the changes proposed in this Act for the federal prison system echo recommendations that JHA and others have long advocated for within Illinois, recognizing the need for greater supports for women, parents, families and children affected by incarceration.  Read more.