2015 Statements

2015 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.  

October 29, 2015:  Policy Paper on State Hiring Practices and Illinois' Corrections: A Complex Problem in Need of Straightforward Solutions

Currently Illinois’ state hiring process involves multiple rules, procedural steps, and levels of review.  Read more.

August 17, 2015  Statement on IDOC's New Director, John Baldwin

The John Howard Association of Illinois (JHA) congratulates John Baldwin on his appointment as the new Director of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC).  Read more.

July 27, 2015:  JHA Testimony to Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform

JHA commends the Commission for its initial report, and agrees with the findings, processes, and goals articulated therein. The challenge now facing the Commission and Illinois is to take bold action to put this conceptual framework into practice.  Read more.

July 17, 2015:  Statement of the John Howard Association of Illinois
Regarding the Proposed Closure of Hardin County Work Camp

As the only independent group that systemically monitors Illinois' correctional facilities, the John Howard Association believes that we should not close the Hardin County Work Camp. While Illinois needs to cut costs to become fiscally solvent, the relatively small savings resulting from closing this work camp weighed against the benefits it provides and the potential harms of eliminating the program do not justify closure.  Read more.

May 7, 2015:  JHA Names Jennifer Vollen-Katz Executive Director

The John Howard Association is pleased to announce that Jennifer Vollen-Katz has been appointed its new Executive Director, effective May 6, 2015.   Read more.

April 22, 2015:  Statement on State's Attorney Alvarez's Policy Change

JHA supports Cook County policy shift on diverting low level drug offenses from criminal prosecution.  Read more.

March 9, 2015:  Statement on IDOC’s New Director, Donald Stolworthy

The John Howard Association of Illinois congratulates Donald Stolworthy on his appointment as the new Director of the Illinois Department of Corrections.  Read more.

February 6, 2015:  JHA's Testimony in Support of Cook County Board Proposed Resolution

Hearing on Proposed Resolution Urging the Illinois General Assembly to Pass HB 172 to Restore Judicial Discretion in the Transfer of Juveniles to Adult Court.  Read more.

February 5, 2015:  JHA Response to Governor Rauner’s State of the State Address

On February 4, the Governor laid out his plan for criminal justice reform in his state of the state address, and a written agenda, “The Illinois Turnaround.”  Read more.