The Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy, and Practice 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 here and Illinois’ work to develop Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils here.
Learn more about the Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy, and Practice’s research with CJCCS here.
Learn more about the Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy and Practice’s research on Juvenile Justice Reform here.
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.
Learn more about the Joyce Foundation
Read about the Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy, and Practice’s research on gun arrests in Illinois here.
John D. and Laura E. Arnold Foundation
The Arnold Foundation 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 the Arnold Foundation’s work with criminal justice
Listen to the Arnold Foundation’s podcast here.
Read about the Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy, and Practice’s research on probation revocation in Cook County here.
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 here.
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 here.
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 here.
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 here.
Find an Illinois CJCC near you here.
Read about the Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy, and Practice’s county reports here.
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 here.
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 here.
Partnerships with Government Agencies
Lake County Citizen’s Coordinating Council
St. Clair County Public Defender’s Office
Illinois Supreme Court Pretrial Commission
Partnerships with Non-Profit Agencies and Other Institutions
The Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy, and Practice 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.