Loyola University Chicago

Center for Criminal Justice


The Center for Criminal Justice collaborates with government partners and private-sector representatives including nonprofit organizations, advocacy organizations, and service providers to better understand the dynamics of crime and to improve the performance and effectiveness of the criminal justice system.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world in an effort to make significant progress on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including nuclear risk, global climate change and over-incarceration. Learn more about the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge.


Joyce Foundation

The Joyce Foundation focuses on progressing racial equity and economic mobility in the Great Lakes region including Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. Some of the Foundation’s programs include the Education and Economic Mobility Program, which seeks to provide better opportunities for young African Americans from low-income communities, the Joyce Democracy Program, which focuses on fair elections and public media interest, and the Gun Violence Prevention and Justice Reform Program, which targets issues like gun accessibility, police-community relationships, and the incarceration of young individuals.


Arnold Ventures

Arnold Ventures focuses on making change in several areas of the world including criminal justice, health, education, and public finance through the use of evidence-based practices, research, and advocacy. The Foundation focuses specifically on topics of policing, pretrial justice, community supervision, prison, and reintegration. Learn more about Arnold Ventures' work with criminal justice.


Microsoft Justice Reform Initiative

The Microsoft Justice Reform Initiative works to empower communities and drive progress towards a more equitable justice system. As part of their overall commitment to addressing racial injustice and inequity, Microsoft applies technology and expertise to accelerate the impact of justice reform organizations and nonprofits. The Initiative invests in partnerships and cultivates relationships to improve access to data, share information, and provide meaningful insights to help empower stakeholders and support policy changes. Learn more about Microsoft's justice reform projects.


The Field Foundation of Illinois

The Field Foundation is centered around increasing community empowerment through their investments in organizations seeking to correct systemic issues. The Field Foundation’s programs are focused under the following disciplines: justice, art, media and storytelling, and leadership investment. To level the effect of inequity in the system, the Field Foundation funds organizations helping with community organization, network building, policy and advocacy work, and communication-based issue reform. Learn more about the Field Foundation's projects.


National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

As part of the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse provides funding opportunities to expand knowledge on a variety of health issues related to substance use. With substantial resources available, the NIDA serves as a learning sources where individuals can read about the latest scientific discoveries surrounding substance use and addiction. Learn more about the National Institute on Drug Abuse.


Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

As part of the Bureau of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, the Bureau of Justice Assistance works with organizations to reduce both violent and drug crimes, support law enforcement, and combat victimization. The BJA focuses heavily on policy, programs, operations, and officer safety and wellness. The BJA’s support is widely spread across organizations researching topics of human trafficking, body-worn cameras, substance abuse, and cybercrime. Learn more about the Bureau of Justice Assistance.


Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils (CJCCs)

In collaboration with the Center, the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA), and the National Criminal Justice Reform Project (NCJRP), several of Illinois’ counties have developed coordinating councils of policymakers, practitioners, and community members to collaborate on new criminal justice policies and programs in their county. CJCCs can provide research support, technical assistance, and funding for programs to ensure locally-driven policymaking and implementation strategies. As of 2020, there were five CJCCs in Illinois, located in Lake County, McHenry County, McLean County, St. Clair County, and Winnebago County. Read more about Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils and find an Illinois CJCC near you.


Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) has been committed to improving the administration of criminal justice since 1983. ICJIA’s focus includes proposing and evaluating potential criminal justice programs and policies, as well as an ensuring efficient and effective procedures. Read more about the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.


Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning

The Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning, also known as the Region 1 Planning Council (RPC), provides an efficient way to plan, fund, and support regional projects and initiatives through cross-jurisdictional, government-to-government collaboration. Through the practice of regional planning, the RPC supports organizations devoted to fighting social inequality, as well as other criminal justice matters, using data and research. Learn more about the Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning.


Partnerships with Government Agencies

Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office

Cook County Public Defender’s Office

Cook County Emerging Adults Working Group

Cook County Sheriff

Cook County Office of the Chief Judge

Cook County Clerk of the Court

Cook County Adult Probation Department

Cook County Juvenile Probation Department

Cook County Social Services Department

Cook County Justice Advisory Council

Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC)

Lake County Probation and Court Services Department

Lake County Sheriff’s Office

Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office

Lake County Public Defender’s Office

Circuit Court of Lake County

Lake County Board of Commissioners

Lake County Citizen’s Coordinating Council

McHenry County Probation and Court Services Department

McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office

Winnebago County Probation and Court Services Department

Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office

Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office

Winnebago County Public Defender’s Office

Winnebago County Circuit Court

Winnebago County Board of Commissioners

City of Rockford, Illinois

Rockford Police Department

Rockford Metropolitan Area Planning Council

McLean County Probation and Court Services Department

McLean County Sheriff’s Office

McLean County State’s Attorney’s Office

McLean County Public Defender’s Office

McLean County Circuit Court

City of Bloomington/Normal

St. Clair County Probation and Court Services Department

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office

St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office

St. Clair County Public Defender’s Office

St. Clair County Circuit Court

DuPage County Probation and Court Services

Madison County Probation and Court Services

Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office

Village of Arlington Heights Police Department

Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office

Denver District Attorney’s Office

Illinois Department of Corrections’ Parole Division

Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council

Adult Redeploy Illinois

Illinois Department of Corrections

Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice

Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts

Illinois Supreme Court Pretrial Commission

Supreme Court of Illinois Judicial College

Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform

Illinois Humanities Council

U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Program

National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA)

Correctional agencies in Texas and New Mexico


Partnerships with Non-Profit Agencies and Other Institutions

Measures for Justice

Fair and Just Prosecution

Institute for State and Local Governance at City University of New York

Vera Institute of Justice

Illinois League of Women Voters

Illinois Justice Project

Illinois Women’s Prison Task Force

Salvation Army’s Community Correctional Services Program

Strengthening Chicago’s Youth at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Chicago Archdiocese Anti-Violence Working Group

Aids Foundation of Chicago

Florida International University

Medical College of Wisconsin

Texas Christian University

Women’s Justice Institute


Internal Partnerships

The Center for Criminal Justice Research collaborates with departments and research centers across Loyola University, Chicago to provide interdisciplinary research and evaluation promoting fair, informed, effective and ethical approaches to criminal justice policy and practice.

Loyola University Chicago Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology

Loyola University Chicago Law School

Loyola University Chicago Center for Urban Research and Learning

Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work