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Criminal Justice Specialist 2
Closing Date: October 4, 2017

The Budget Committee will meet on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority 300 W. Adams, Suite 200, Large Conference Room Chicago, Illinois, 60606.

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The Sex Offenses and Sex Offender Registration Task Force requests public testimony from people affected by state sex offender law and policy, and researchers, advocates, policy experts, and concerned citizens on how Illinois can improve its sex offender laws and policies.

Public testimony must be germane to the Task Force’s mandate of making recommendations to improve Illinois sex offender laws and policies. Oral testimony must be limited to five minutes per person.


Wednesday, September 20, at 10:00 a.m.


Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Headquarters
300 West Adams, Suite 200
Chicago, Ill.


To provide oral testimony on September 20, all speakers must either:

1) Send an email to CJA.SORTF@Illinois.gov signaling the intent to speak. Please include name, organization, and contact information. Email must be received by Tuesday, September 19.


2) Sign up in person at the hearing on September 20. Speakers must sign in by 10:30 a.m. to be ensured time.

To submit written testimony:

The Task Force also requests written testimony, which can accompany or be provided in lieu of oral testimony. Please email written testimony to CJA.SORTF@Illinois.gov by Wednesday, September 27.

At the close of the Adult Redeploy Illinois (ARI) 2017 All Sites Summit, a policy conversation was convened to present perspectives on the state of the Illinois criminal justice system, the public’s rapidly changing opinion on prisoner rehabilitation, and the effect of the current political climate on reform efforts. Moderated by Brian Mackey of NPR Illinois, the panel was comprised of retired Judge Elizabeth Robb, State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato of Winnebago County, and college student and ARI graduate Tonya Veenstra.

Veenstra, a graduate and outspoken supporter of ARI’s diversion programs, spoke to the harsh realities of substance abuse treatment in prisons. She stated, “I was a part of mass incarceration and was part of treatment services in jail… and I can tell you that it does not work. Our prisons are all overcrowded and 83% are suffering from substance abuse and 17% receive treatment.” When these untreated inmates leave prisons and attempt to reintegrate into society, there is a high likelihood of recidivism.

ARI offered Veenstra the opportunity to break from the cycle of addiction and incarceration. The entire panel commended the ARI network’s success in diverting over 3,000 people from state prison and spoke to the importance of an increased budget to expand and implement ARI programming across the state.

Judge Elizabeth Robb (Ret.), a member of the Illinois Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform, cited the commission’s goal of funding vital programs like ARI to achieve Governor Rauner’s goal of decreasing Illinois’ prison population by 25% by 2025. Robb emphasized, “Do not just fund what sounds good, fund what works and demand that all those service agencies who receive funding from the state show that what they are using is evidence-based.”

This issue of smart investment of justice dollars is of particular importance in Illinois since state resources are scarce and budgeting is a political issue. Brian Mackey listed the hyper-politicization of justice issues on both the federal and state level, historical and present, as a key threat to criminal justice system reform but noted recent developments of bipartisan agreement. Mackey, a veteran reporter for NPR Illinois, stated, “It started in the House in the Criminal Justice Committee where people would start asking ‘What is your evidence?’ when they would want to ratchet up a penalty. In bumping a Class 3 to a Class 2, what is your evidence that that will make people any safer and improve justice outcomes?”

Public opinion has been shifting away from deterrence and retribution to rehabilitation over the last decade, and Brian Mackey referenced a recent survey of Illinois crime victims showing that a majority of victims support proposals to reform the criminal justice system and shift investments away from prisons. Policy-makers are beginning to acknowledge their constituents’ changing views and are willing to make strides toward real criminal justice reform.

“We’re all citizens,” Judge Robb explained. “We’re all in this world together. What is the price of a human life? We have all seen folks who have turned around and lives are changed. This may be naïve possibly, but I think many of us believe that there is no price on changing a life for the better.”

Listen to the full conversation here >>

Addressing Community Violence

Addressing street-level violence such as murders and aggravated assaults and batteries that occur on the public way and often involve firearms requires a multi-pronged approach. One effective model for addressing street violence, and, in particular, gang related or group-involved street violence, is the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Comprehensive Gang Prevention, Intervention, and Suppression Model.


The Illinois’ FY18 State budget includes $8,000,000 for Community-Based Violence Intervention and Prevention (CBVIP) grants and administration. ICJIA anticipates that approximately $6,700,000 to $7,200,000 will be available under the CBVPI Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), with individual grants ranging from $100,000 to $1,000,000 to support programming for an initial 9-month period. The anticipated grant period is October 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018. The target population is youth and young adults, including, but not limited to, those who are identified as being at heightened risk or those who engage in high risk behavior or violence throughout Illinois.

ICJIA anticipates releasing the CBVIP NOFO between July 19 and July 26, and will be open to public and not-for-profit entities that provide community-based violence prevention and intervention services in the State of Illinois. Note that this NOFO is not open to Cure Violence/CeaseFire (University of Illinois at Chicago) and its sub-grantees for similar activities for the same population in light of a separate state FY18 appropriation for that purpose.

ICJIA encourages potential applicants to ensure they have completed the pre-qualification process through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Grantee Portal, as only those agencies that have completed the process and received an approved ICQ from their State cognizant agency will be reviewed.

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The Institutional Review Board will meet on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 3:30 PM, at the offices of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, 300 W. Adams Street, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60606.

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The Strategic Opportunities Committee Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the following location: 300 W. Adams, Suite 200, Large Conference Room, Chicago, Illinois 60606.

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The Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council (SPAC) Regular Meeting is Friday, June 23, 2017 at 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Lunch will be provided). Meeting Topic: “Where are We After Two Years of Talking About Criminal Justice Reform?” Location: Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, 300 W. Adams, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60606. Phone Conference Details: 888-494-4032; Passcode: 7205356689#

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The Adult Redeploy Illinois Oversight Board Performance Measurement Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 10.30 a.m. to 12 p.m. At the following public site: ICJIA, 300 W. Adams Street, 2nd Floor – Large Conference Room, Chicago, IL 60606.

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Criminal Justice Specialist 2

  Posted: September 22, 2017