2017 Statements

2016 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.  

May 31, 2017:  Prison Reform and Recidivism Reduction Efforts Thwarted by Illinois Budget Impasse

Illinois, the fifth largest state in the United States, is on the verge of entering a third year without a state budget; this is the longest any state has gone without a budget in modern history.  As May 2017 draws to a close, the State is running a deficit of close to $6 billion, owes approximately $14.5 billion in overdue bills and will owe an estimated $800 million in late fees and interest payments on these overdue bills.  The inability of Governor Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly to finalize and pass a budget has been extremely detrimental to the citizens of this state.  Read more.

February 28, 2017:  John Howard Association Supports Raising Threshold Amount for Felony Theft

Raising the threshold amount for felony theft will allow Illinois to direct resources into communities and away from our costly and impaired prison system.  Incarceration is an expensive and frequently ineffective response to crime that Illinois can no longer afford.  Looking for changes to our system that will preserve public safety while keeping more people from entering or returning to prison is critical to system change that will improve lives and save money.  Read more.

January 10, 2017:  JHA Statement on the Governor's Criminal Justice Commission Final Report

The John Howard Association commends the Governor’s Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform for their work on the final report which was issued today.  The recommendations include important ways we can reduce the inmate population in Illinois, as well as increase the likelihood of reentry success as prisoners return home; however, there is much work to be done to concretize some of the reforms to ensure that they are implementable and impactful.  Read more.