Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Criminal Justice (CCJ) has become a key resource in a national debate around a controversial topic: cash bail.
In 2021, the Illinois General Assembly passed House Bill 3653, an omnibus crime bill known as the SAFE-T Act. READ MORE
The Center for Criminal Justice has launched a new website, tracking several ongoing research projects: bail reform in Illinois, prosecutorial performance indicators, gun violence, deferred prosecution. On the website, you can find ways to get involved in these and other Center projects.
David Olson, PhD, Professor of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and the co-director of the Center for Criminal Justice within the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University Chicago, has been appointed as Board Chair of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA). Dr. Olson was appointed by J.B. Pritzker, Governor of the State of Illinois, and his appointment was confirmed by the Illinois Senate. READ MORE
Chris Donner, PhD, Chairperson and Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology within the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University Chicago, has published a book with Routledge, Exploring Contemporary Police Challenges: A Global Perspective. READ MORE
Dr. Mike Vecchio (CJC Lecturer) has been elected to the Executive Board of the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association (MCJA). Affiliated with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), MCJA fosters communication and collaboration among criminal justice & criminology researchers, academics, and professionals from around the region.READ MORE
CJC Professor Receives $500,000 Gift from Microsoft
CJC Professor, Don Stemen, received a gift for $500,000 from the Microsoft Justice Reform Initiative to launch the Maryland Prosecutorial Performance Indicators Project.
Please join us in congratulating the winners of the 2023 Sujack Family Awards. Drs. Olson and Schumacher from the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology have been named Master Teacher and Master Researcher. Dr. David Olson is recognized as a Master Researcher for his research on Illinois’s 2021 Pretrial Fairness Act, a landmark legislation that transforms how individuals must be treated before trial. This change in the criminal justice system left policymakers and practitioners hungry for rigorous, empirical research on the legislation’s impacts.VIEW
King of Kings: Chasing Edward Jones won the 2022 Chicago International Film Festival. King of Kings tells the story of Edward Jones, a thrilling life story of a legendary African American powerbroker who built a multimillion-dollar empire running Policy, the illegal lottery on Chicago’s South Side in the 1930s and ‘40s, directed by his granddaughter Harriet Marin Jones. Much of the film is based on a chapter in Robert Lombardo's Organized Crime in Chicago. Dean Arthur Lurigio and Professor Emeritus Lombardo appeared in the movie and participated in a panel discussion at the Chicago Historical Society for the premiere. VIEW
CJC Faculty Receive $1.7 million to study bail reform.
CJC Professor David Olson and Associate Professor Don Stemen received grants from the National Institute of Justice, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Arnold Ventures to study bond court reform in Illinois.
Drs. Kurti and Rezey presented at the 22nd Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology in Malaga, Spain, September 21-24, 2022.
Criminologists from different countries addressed issues related to prisons, criminal gangs, police, organized crime, drugs, restorative justice, prevention, juvenile delinquency, cybercrime, and the war in Ukraine.
CJC Associate Professor Receives $880,000 Gift from Microsoft
CJC Associate Professor and Chairperson, Don Stemen, received a gift for $880,000 from the Microsoft Justice Reform Initiative to launch the Colorado Prosecutorial Performance Indicators Project.
Professor David Olson has published an article stemming from his recent participation on the Duke University Law School’s Center for Firearms Law 2021 roundtable on Race and Guns in America. The essay examines how responses to illegal firearm possession may miss the mark in addressing gun violence, and potentially exacerbate racial disparity in the justice system.
A recent study completed by professors David Olson and Don Stemen, along with a number of criminal justice and criminology students, is the most the most comprehensive and detailed analysis of sentencing for gun possession offenses in Illinois. The research findings call into question the equity of enforcement and sentencing as well as the effectiveness of tougher mandatory sentences in reducing violent crime. The project was supported by the Joyce Foundation and carried out through Loyola’s Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy and Practice. More information about the Center can be found at https://www.luc.edu/ccj/.
A recent study co-authored by Associate Professor Don Stemen and Professor David Olson examines bond court reforms that create a presumption of release without monetary bail for the large majority of felony defendants in Cook County. The study finds that the reforms led to a significant decrease in the use of monetary bail, saving defendant defendants and their families $31.4 million in avoided bond costs during the first six months of the reforms. The study also finds that the reforms had no impact on new criminal activity or new violent criminal activity of those defendants released pretrial, or on overall crime rates in Chicago. The study was funded by the MacArthur Foundation as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, a national effort to reduce the over-reliance on jails.
A new study co-authored by Assistant Professor Elizabeth Webster was highlighted in the Crime Report and will be published in an upcoming issue of Law & Social Inquiry. The researchers, Sarah Lageson, Webster, and Juan Sandoval, find that criminal justice agencies distribute a proliferation of criminal history information online: over ten million arrests, 4.5 million mugshots, and 14.7 million criminal court proceedings annually. Criminal history information can endure online indefinitely, may be inaccurate and incomplete, and can stigmatize individuals never convicted of a crime.VISIT
A new report by faculty at Loyola and Florida International University examines the attitudes of prosecutors in four partner sites - Cook County, Milwaukee, Tampa (FL), and Jacksonville (FL). The report examines how prosecutors think about success, the mission of their offices, racial disparity in the justice system, and how best to engage the community. This is the first report from a two-year project funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
CJC Faculty Appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court Advisory Committee
The chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court recently appointed CJC professors Don Stemen and David Olson to subcommittees of the Illinois Supreme Court Pretrial Commission. READ MORE
Appointed to serve as a member of the ICJIA
Dr. David Olson was appointed to serve as a member of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA). READ MORE
Pimps Hide in Plain Sight in Corporate America's Boys' Club
Dr. Loretta Stalans and collaborator, Mary Finn, published an OpEd in the Huffington Post on their research with college-educated pimps who hold legitimate jobs. READ MORE
Loyola's Criminal Justice and Criminology Professor Robert M. Lombardo PhD recently published (2019) a sixteen-chapter edited volume titled: Organized Crime: Causes and Consequences. READ MORE
CPD Citizen Academy
Dr. Chris Donner attends the Chicago Police Department’s Citizen Academy READ MORE
Dr. Olson recognized with ICJIA's Lifetime Service Award
Dr. David Olson, Professor, honored with first annual Candice Kane Lifetime Service Award by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA). READ MORE
CJC Students and Faculty Step Up to Give Hope to Former Inmates
Loyola students and faculty working with participants at the Summit of Hope, an annual event that provides community services and support to encourage parolees and probationers who are re-entering society to remain crime-free.