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 Share Your Story

Were you or a loved one incarcerated or have you been touched by the prison system?

Whether you have or have not been in touch with us before, we are interested in hearing about your experience. Please share your story with us.


Volunteers are critical to helping us fulfill our mission.

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Volunteers help us with:

  1. Prisoner Information Services — help JHA respond to the more than 6,000 letters received from incarcerated people in state prisons and county jails, as well as phone calls and emails from loved ones. Volunteers are trained and supervised by our staff to ensure accuracy.

  2. General Administrative/Office & Fundraising

  3. Citizen Prison Monitoring — come with us to inspect Illinois' prisons and juvenile facilities and talk to incarcerated people and staff. (Volunteers interested in prison monitoring must first volunteer in an administrative role in our office.)


If you are interested in interning at JHA, please end your resume and a cover letter to Dr. Omar Jamil. Indicate what dates you are available to intern in your cover letter. All internships at JHA are unpaid.

 Contact Us

Share your comments and questions with us using the form below.

Need to raise a concern directly to the Illinois Department of Corrections? Contact the IDOC Constituent Services via their online form.

Media Inquiries
The John Howard Association is the most reliable source for independent information about Illinois' adult and juvenile prison systems.

For media inquiries, please contact JHA's Executive Director, Jennifer Vollen-Katz, at or 312.291.9555.

Other Inquiries
For all other inquiries, please contact Office Manager Dan Hoffman at:
Phone: 312-291-9183
Fax: 312-526-3714