Publications

CHJ compiles, consolidates, and communicates findings that help improve policy, practice, and results. Browse the sortable table of CHJ and TASC publications below. CHJ Facts on Justice, CHJ Facts on Youth, and TASC Program Evaluations are listed separately.

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2013 Article Anticipating the Impact of Health Care Reform on the Criminal Justice SystemPublished by the National Association for Court Management (NACM) in Court Manager (Spring 2013, Vol. 27, Issue 4), the article focuses on the implications and opportunities of health care reform for criminal justice systems, particularly with regard to enrolling individuals who are in court or on probation in health coverage. The article was co-authored by Peter Coolsen, court administrator for the Criminal Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County (encompasses Chicago, Illinois),... link
2012 Report or Paper Sustainability for Publicly-Funded Behavioral Health and Justice Grant ProgramsTechnical assistance paper published by SAMHSA's GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation. The paper discusses how pilot projects and demonstration programs can extend their impact from one-time efforts to sustainable initiatives. Authored by Jac Charlier and Maureen McDonnell at CHJ. link
2012 Report or Paper Final Report: Illinois Racial and Ethnic Impact (REI) Research Task ForceUnder the co-chairpersonship of State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) and State Representative La Shawn K. Ford (D-Chicago), and with members named specifically by the law or appointed by State Senate and House leaders, the REI Research Task Force assessed the current state of data collection by justice system entities in Illinois. Executive Summary Full Report Appendices (This includes supporting legislation, public hearing transcripts and testimony, and related documents.)...
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2011 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource Presentation Slides: Criminal Justice Reform: Issues and Recommendations for CorrectionsSlides presented at a Congressional briefing to introduce a special issue of the Prison Journal (September 2011, Vol. 91), which presented a series articles in which several of the nation's preeminent criminal justice researchers discuss strategic solutions that can reverse the costly incarceration trends of the past 30 years. Hosted by the Prison Journal, Pamela F. Rodriguez (TASC, Inc.) introduced the special issue, along with Harry K. Wexler (National Development and Research...
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2011 Report or Paper Special Issue: Reforming the Criminal Justice System in the United StatesSpecial issue of the Prison Journal (September 2011, Vol. 91) presenting a series articles in which several of the nation's preeminent criminal justice researchers discuss strategic solutions that can reverse the costly incarceration trends of the past 30 years. The issue was guest edited by Pamela F. Rodriguez (TASC, Inc.), with Harry K. Wexler (National Development and Research Institutes [NDRI]) and Arthur J. Lurigio (Loyola University Chicago). Articles in the issue include: Harry... link
2011 Report or Paper Realizing the Potential of National Health Care Reform to Reduce Criminal Justice Expenditures and Recidivism Among Jail Populations (COCHS Paper)Paper presented at a conference of Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS) in 2011. The goal of the conference was to bring attention to potential opportunities that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may create for communities to better serve the physical and behavioral health care needs of childless adults who will be newly eligible for Medicaid in 2014, and to the planning processes that will occur by policymakers in criminal justice, public health, substance use treatment, and... link
2010 Report or Paper Final Report: Illinois Disproportionate Justice Impact Study (DJIS) CommissionCHJ served as staff to the Illinois Disproportionate Justice Impact Study (DJIS) Commission, created in the State of Illinois under Public Act 97-0433. As staff to the Commission, CHJ analyzed data from the Cook County Clerk and the llinois State Police, revealing disproportionate criminal justice system contact for racial/ethnic minorities, especially African Americans. Executive Summary Full Report Appendices (This includes supporting legislation, public hearing transcripts and...
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2007 Report or Paper No Entry: Improving Public Safety through Cost-Effective Alternatives to Incarceration in Illinois White paper issued by the Center for Health and Justice at TASC (May 2007). The paper presents the problems associated with climbing incarceration rates and the roles played by illicit drug use and harsh drug policies. It presents a public policy strategy -- "No Entry" -- designed to reverse the flow of drug-involved individuals going into and through the criminal justice system. No Entry involves structured, clinical interventions at every phase of justice involvement to address offender drug...
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2013 Article Racial Disproportionality in the Criminal Justice System for Drug Offenses: A State Legislative Response to the ProblemArticle published in Race and Justice (January 2013, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 83-101). The article describes the work of the Illinois Disproportionate Justice Impact Study Commission, a nonpartisan, multidisciplinary group of policy makers, government leaders, and justice professionals that focused on understanding and alleviating the disproportionate incarceration of African Americans and Latinos in Illinois for drug law violations. The study data were obtained from arrest records statewide... link
2011 Article Parents in Prison: Justice Literacy and Public PolicyArticle published in Reclaiming Children and Youth (Fall 2011, Vol. 20, No. 3). The article describes Illinois' role as a leader in mobilizing communities to transform justice policies that damage the futures of children and families, particularly those from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. The article was authored by Laura Brookes and Daphne Baille at CHJ. Free for subscribers or available for online purchase. link
2011 Article Reforming the Criminal Justice System in the United States: Issues and RecommendationsJournal article published in special issue of the Prison Journal (September 2011, Vol. 91), which which presented a series articles in which several of the nation's preeminent criminal justice researchers discuss strategic solutions that can reverse the costly incarceration trends of the past 30 years. Introducing the special issue, the article discusses how correctional policy in the United States has alternately emphasized rehabilitation and punishment. The current "tough on crime"... link
2011 Report or Paper Case Management for Substance Abusing OffendersBook chapter in Handbook of Evidence-Based Substance Abuse Treatment in Criminal Justice Settings. Author: Rodriguez, P. In C. Leukefeld et al. (eds.), Handbook of Evidence-Based Substance Abuse Treatment in Criminal Justice Settings. Issues in Children’s and Families’ Lives.
2011 Article Article: Realizing the Potential of National Health Care Reform to Reduce Criminal Justice Expenditures and Recidivism Among Jail PopulationsArticle in Correctional Law Reporter. Authors: McDonnell, M., Brookes, L., Lurigio, A., Baille, D.
2010 Article The Unmet Need for Mental Health Services Among Probationers’ ChildrenArticle in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation (February 2010, Vol. 49, No. 2). This study explores the unmet need for mental health services among children with parents on probation. A group of 77 probationers provided information on 170 children. Information about children's need for mental health services was based on the Child Behavior Checklist and information about children's receipt of mental health services was based on the Child and Adolescent Service Assessment. Approximately... link
2010 Article Reforming Our Expectations About Juvenile JusticeArticle published in Reclaiming Children and Youth (Summer 2010, Vol. 19, No. 2). Typing the term "juvenile justice reform" into an Internet search will result in 60 pages of entries. But what is meant by juvenile justice reform? What does it look like? How will one know when it is achieved? The article defines juvenile justice reform, discusses the principles of effective reform, and describes the practice of juvenile justice reform in Illinois. Stepping stones to juvenile justice reform... link
2009 Article An Outcome Evaluation of a Treatment Readiness Group Program for Probationers with Substance Use ProblemsArticle published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation (November/December 2009, Vol. 48, Issue 8). From 2003 to 2008, TASC implemented the Reducing Risk: Outreach and Pretreatment for Probationers program (RROPP) in Cook County (Chicago), Illinois. The goal of RROPP was to reduce probationers' further penetration into the criminal justice system by increasing participation in substance abuse treatment. To achieve this goal, TASC incorporated evidence-based practices for enhancing the... link
2009 Article Recovery-Oriented Care for Drug-Abusing OffendersArticle published in Addiction Science and Clinical Practice (April 2009, Vol. 5, No. 1). The article affirms that a recovery-oriented system of care for drug-abusing criminal offenders is one that provides for continuity of treatment, using evidence-based interventions at every stage as clients progress through the justice system. Authors describe how TASC, Inc. has partnered with criminal justice and treatment programs to establish a basic recovery-oriented system, with programs that... link
2009 Report or Paper A Recruiting and Hiring Manual for Addictions ProfessionalsA hiring manual and recruiting materials designed to help strengthen and diversify the profession of addictions treatment. This paper provides information designed to help understand the current challenges and future directions of the addictions field and how they apply to workforce development. It presents what focus group participants have said about what they look for in employment opportunities, and what they believe about the field of addictions treatment and recovery. And, applying simple... link
2008 Article Evidence-Based Practices in the Integration of Criminal Justice and Recovery-Oriented Systems of CareArticle published in Perspectives (Fall 2008, Vol. 32, No. 4). This article presents the argument that the criminal justice system can become an effective apparatus for the delivery of large-scale behavioral healthcare services. Based on public health and recovery models of addiction and grounded in evidence-based practices, criminal justice agencies at the pre- and post-adjudication levels can forge productive and lasting relationships with drug treatment agencies to provide a continuum of...
2008 Article A Process Evaluation of Treatment Readiness Groups: Lessons Learned in the Implementation of a Treatment Readiness Intervention Model for Felony Probationers with Substance Use ProblemsArticle published in Offender Substance Abuse Report (March/April 2008, Vol. 8, No. 2). The article presents a process evaluation of Cook County's treatment readiness intervention program, "Reducing Risk: Outreach & Pretreatment for Probationers (RROPP)," during its first 24 months of operation, from October 1, 2003, to September 30, 2005. Cook County adult probationers accepted as TASC clients and awaiting admission into treatment were provided education and treatment readiness...

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