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What We Do

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Monitoring

Independent prison monitoring is the heart of JHA’s work.

Our staff and volunteers visit approximately 20 correctional facilities every year to evaluate conditions for prisoners and staff. During our observation visits, we focus on issues including medical and mental health care, disciplinary procedures, the physical condition of facilities, and educational and vocational programming. We point out concerns and problems and also highlight productive, innovative programs and initiatives that can serve as models for other facilities.

Special Reports

We publish periodic special reports highlighting case studies, stories and issues impacting our correctional system.

Explore our latest special reports below.

 
 

Reports and Surveys

Oversight, transparency and accountability are the cornerstones of correctional system reform.

JHA publishes regular reports on prison conditions in Illinois and special reports on issues impacting our correctional system.

Reports are based on our prison monitoring visits, observations, interviews with and written surveys from both staff and prisoners, interviews and information exchange with prison administrators, correspondence from those housed in correctional facilities, and information provided directly by the Illinois Department of Corrections.

We collect voluntary, anonymous surveys of both staff and prisoners during adult correctional center visits. Survey results enhance and amplify our monitoring work by incorporating inmates’ and prison employees’ attitudes and opinions. Survey data provides useful comparisons among facilities and changes in perceptions over time, and is critical to amplifying the voices of prisoners and staff beyond prison walls.

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 Prison Response

JHA serves as a critical resource and outlet for Illinois prisoners. Incarcerated individuals often have limited access to information from reliable sources and little contact with the outside world. JHA provides a human connection as well as needed information.

We receive more than 6,000 letters a year, and respond to all of them. We provide information about a wide range of criminal justice issues, including where to access information on correctional policies and procedures, statutes, court decisions, legal forms, and information related to litigation. We also provide printouts of JHA-created materials including reports, survey results, and information packets. We acknowledge the issues people write to us about and use what they share to inform our monitoring and advocacy work.  

Explore data about our prison response communications program below or view ways to contact us.