Our Mission

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

Why does John Howard Association fight for criminal justice reform?

  • We believe that all lives matter
  • We believe in second chances
  • We believe in government accountability and transparency
  • We believe that Illinois deserves a fair, effective and humane prison system
  • We believe that an informed citizenry is essential to such a system

We are one of the most frequently quoted sources for reliable, independent information and commentary about Illinois' adult and juvenile prison system.

John Howard Association is a nonpartisan organization, and we receive no state or local government funding.  Our funding comes from committed individuals and organizations interested in criminal justice reform.