Prison Monitoring Project

The John Howard Association's Prison Monitoring Project conducts regular monitoring tours of the Department of Corrections' adult facilities.

Most tours include four to six trained volunteers led by JHA staff. The observations of the volunteers are included in written reports prepared by JHA. Those reports focus on such critical matters as education, medical and mental health care, disciplinary procedures for youth and inmates, and the physical condition of facilities. The reports are then circulated to adult correctional and juvenile justice officials, legislators, other individuals in positions of authority and the public at large.

JHA's Prison Response Organizer also answers letters and calls from incarcerated individuals and their families. The Organizer's expertise includes explaining criminal justice policies and practices.

JHA's most recent report

Menard Correctional Center

JHA's work on healthcare in the Illinois Department of Correction is supported by a generous grant from the Michael Reese Health Trust