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Welcome to the Research & Analysis Unit of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority

This site provides Illinois-specific criminal justice information and data in a way that's informative, interesting, and easy-to-navigate. Our goal is to offer a wide range of materials and resources that are useful to justice system practitioners, planners, researchers, students, and the general public.

ICJIA's Research & Analysis Unit also serves as the state's Statistical Analysis Center (SAC). This center is affiliated with and supported by the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA), a national nonprofit organization that promotes collaboration and exchange of information among state SACs, and acts as a liaison between state agencies and the U.S. Department of Justice. Read more »


What's New

Illinois Statistical Analysis Center wins JRSA's 2013 Technical Innovation Award

October 11, 2013

The Illinois SAC (R&A) has been named winner of the 2013 Technical Innovation Award by the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA) for the Criminal History and Recidivism Statistics for Prison Admissions and Exit Cohorts Analysis Tool. The tool has two distinct functions. The criminal history function can be used to obtain statistics on the prior criminal histories for persons entering and exiting the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) or sentenced to probation. The recidivism function calculates the subsequent recidivism rates for persons released from IDOC or sentenced to probation.   Access tools »

Authority research staff provides panel presentations at NCJA National Forum

August 7, 2013

Research director Mark Myrent and research analyst Mark Powers provided panel presentations at the 2013 National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) National Forum on Criminal Justice, which was held on August 4-6, 2013 in Chicago. The theme of this year's conference was "Integrating Research, Policy and Technology to Improve Public Safety."  Read full story »

ICJIA receives $78,000 State Justice Statistics Program grant

August 5, 2013

ICJIA was awarded a $78,159 State Justice Statistics Program Grant by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics to create an online Arrest Statistics Tool. With a start date of October 1, 2013, the primary objective of the project is to develop a dataset of 20 years of Illinois arrest statistics based on the aggregation of criminal history records from 1993 through 2013, and to build a web-based tool to allow users to choose various geographic categories and arrestee characteristics to produce various tabular and graphic output. Read full story »

Current Projects

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Evaluation of Choose Respect

The research will evaluate the ICJIA-funded Choose Respect program (developed by the Centers for Disease Control) in six sites in Illinois. Adult Supporters work with Youth Leaders (age 14-21) to hold ... Read more »

Chicago Project For Violence Prevention (Ceasefire)

The Chicago Project for Violence Prevention has an internal research and development department that assists with implementing the Ceasefire model with fidelity. This department also monitors the ... Read more »

Adult Redeploy Illinois Program Evaluation

Adult Redeploy Illinois (ARI) is a performance-based funding program designed to offer incentives to counties to divert low-level non-violent offenders from prison to improved local services and ... Read more »

Community Violence Prevention Program Evaluation: Youth Employment Program FY13

Under the umbrella of the Community Violence Prevention Program (CVPP), the Youth Employment Program (YEP) placed 1,800 young people between the ages of 16 and 24 in summer employment in businesses ... Read more »

Recent Publications

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Evaluation of the 2013 Community Violence Prevention Programs Youth Employment Program

July 15, 2014
In 2013, the Community Violence Prevention Programs Youth Employment Program (YEP) offered job readiness training, mentoring, and summer employment to approximately 1,800 youth participants in 24 Chicago-area communities. The evaluation of YEP was designed to guide programmatic enhancements and funding decisions. Researchers used multiple surveys of program staff and participants in order to obtain feedback on trainings for participants, the employment component, mentoring component, and general program operations. The program met its goals of increasing job readiness skills; building relationships between youth and a caring adult; increasing youth productive time and community engagement; and improving the community through community service. | Download »

Safe From the Start Year 12 Report: 20012013

May 21, 2014
This report summarizes data collected from 4350 children and their families that received Safe From the Start services over the past 12 years. These data provide an important picture of the population of children being referred for violence exposure, the impact of that exposure to violence, and the impact of SFS services. The data indicate a significant reduction in children's emotional and behavioral symptoms and caregiver stress, and an improvement in child and caregiver functioning. Through collaborative, community-based efforts designed to help families that present with a wide variety of needs, Safe From the Start programs appear to be making a positive impact on the lives of children exposed to violence. | Download »

ICJIA FY13 Annual Report

April 1, 2014
The ICJIA Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Report features the Authoritys work in Illinois criminal justice policy and planning, grants administration, research, and information systems development during the fiscal year. | Download »