Grantee Profile

John Howard Association

Grants to John Howard Association

  • $440,000Active Strategy

    2016 (Duration 1 year, 11 months)

    Criminal Justice

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The John Howard Association of Illinois (the Association) provides independent citizen oversight of the state’s correctional system. Through its objective reporting on facility conditions and programming, its outreach to inmates and their families, its problem-solving collaboration with state agencies, and its research and policy support to the state’s justice leadership, the Association plays a critical role in educating the public and decision makers about the real-world consequences of criminal justice policies. This award enables the Association to continue to play this role, to expand its oversight to include local jail and detention facilities, and to contribute important and valuable information and guidance to the movement to reduce incarceration in Illinois. The award also strengthens the Safety and Justice Challenge, the Foundation’s national criminal justice reform initiative, by connecting it with local policy and practice and bringing it to ground in local realities.

  • $175,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Inactive Grant)

    Juvenile Justice

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The John Howard Association of Illinois (the Association) provides independent citizen oversight of the state's juvenile and adult correctional systems. By enabling the Association to continue to monitor and report on conditions and programming in Illinois' juvenile correctional facilities and provide research and policy support to the state's juvenile justice reform leadership, this project contributes to Models for Change efforts to move Illinois' juvenile corrections away from punitive approaches toward a more developmentally appropriate and rehabilitative model.

  • $500,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Duration 3 years, 11 months)

    MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The John Howard Association of Illinois has provided the only independent citizen oversight of the state’s adult and juvenile correctional facilities for over a century, and plays an indispensable role in educating the public and decision-makers about the real-world consequences of criminal justice policies. The proposed grant will enable the Association to establish an Innovation Fund and to invest in needed enhancements of its communications, public outreach, and volunteer coordination capacities.

  • $177,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    Juvenile Justice

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The John Howard Association of Illinois provides independent citizen oversight of the state’s juvenile commitment facilities. Through its monitoring, reporting and public advocacy, the Association has contributed to Models for Change efforts to move Illinois towards more effective, youth-focused, rehabilitative approaches that produce better outcomes for youth. It will use this grant to continue to report on conditions and programming in facilities and to provide research and policy support to the state’s reform leadership.

  • $170,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Juvenile Justice

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The John Howard Association of Illinois provides independent citizen oversight of the state’s juvenile commitment facilities. Through its monitoring, reporting and public advocacy, the Association has contributed to Models for Change efforts to move Illinois towards more effective, youth-focused, rehabilitative approaches that produce better outcomes for youth. It will use this grant to continue to report on conditions and programming in facilities and to provide research and policy support to the state’s reform leadership.

  • $150,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Juvenile Justice

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The John Howard Association, which provides citizen oversight of Illinois’ adult and juvenile correctional facilities, will use this grant to track and monitor the implementation of reforms in the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice as part of Illinois Models for Change and its transformation from a punitive adult correctional model to a rehabilitative agency that adheres to the basic tenets of juvenile justice and child welfare. It also will continue to publish reports on all the Department’s facilities; pilot an ombudsman program to address youth and family grievances; and continue its Juvenile Justice Hotline.

  • $84,000

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

    Justice

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To track and monitor the progress of implementing reforms in the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice as part of Illinois Models for Change.

  • $380,000Active Strategy

    2007 (Inactive Grant)

    Juvenile Justice

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To track and monitor the progress of implementing reforms in youth corrections under the new Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice as part of the Illinois Models for Change initiative (over two years).

  • $75,000Active Strategy

    2006 (Inactive Grant)

    Juvenile Justice

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of activities to track and monitor the progress of implementing reforms in youth corrections under the new Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice.

  • $390,000

    2002 (Inactive Grant)

    Justice

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support the Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative in Illinois and to introduce the work to other states (over three years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded John Howard Association $2,541,000 between 1978 and 2016.

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