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.
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 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 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 State’s Attorney’s Office
Lake County Public Defender’s Office
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
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
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
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
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
Institute for State and Local Governance at City University of New York
Illinois League of Women Voters
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
Florida International University
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