ON-Lion Letter

In most of the United States, states are experiencing a dramatic decline in both crime and incarceration rates.  Thirty-two states saw a decrease in both factors simultaneously between 2008 and 2013, according to a recent report from The Pew Charitable Trusts.  But unfortunately, Illinois was not one of those states.  While Illinois' crime rate dropped 23% from 2008 to 2013, the state's incarceration rate actually increased by 7% during that same period.

On September 22 at the Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, the Illinois Policy Institute and The Coalition for Public Safety will co-host a panel discussion on Illinois’ broken criminal-justice system and the solutions that will turn it around.  The event will feature Illinois State Sen. Michael Connelly, the Illinois Policy Institute's Bryant Jackson-Green, and the American Civil Liberty Union of Illinois' Ben Ruddell.

Jackson-Green is co-author of an August report from the Illinois Policy Institute, Making Illinois smart on crime:  First steps to reduce spending, ease offender re-entry and enhance public safety, with Dianna Muldrow and Derek Cohen of the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF).

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports the Illinois Policy Institute's work on criminal justice.  Bradley also supports TPPF projects.

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