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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2014 Report or Paper No Entry: A National Survey of Criminal Justice Diversion Programs and InitiativesThe Center for Health and Justice at TASC has published a national survey of more than 100 criminal justice diversion programs and initiatives, focusing on their strategies and lessons learned for reducing recidivism, improving health interventions, and achieving public cost savings. CHJ’s 2014 report "No Entry: A National Survey of Criminal Justice Diversion Programs and Initiatives” was released at a Congressional staff briefing in Washington on January 13. Find out more about No Entry...
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Executive Summary
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2014 Report or Paper State Courts and the Promise of the Affordable Care ActPeter Coolsen and Maureen McDonnell write about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which holds considerable promise for the criminal justice system, accomplished primarily through the expansion of Medicaid to low-income adults. Whether that promise is realized will depend, in large part, on successful collaboration among state courts and other criminal justice stakeholders. link
2014 Article, Interview Researchers to Study the Affordable Care Act’s Impact on Public SafetyThe Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) recently awarded a grant to researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School to study the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) impact on recidivism and health outcomes. The project will examine innovative programs focused on providing formerly incarcerated individuals with access to medical, behavioral health, and social services under the ACA. The research will also include an in-depth study of the unique partnership... link
2013 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource Leveraging National Health Reform to Reduce Recidivism and Build RecoveryPresented to the National TASC Conference, May 2013 This presentation narrates the benefit the criminal justice system can gain from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and motivates stakeholders in the criminal justice arena to take advantage of these new opportunities. Currently, less than 10 percent of criminal justice involved individuals have some sort of health coverage, commonly this coverage is some form of Medicaid. Nationwide, beginning in 2014 (earlier in some jurisdictions), almost...
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2013 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource Aligning Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Expansion with the Courts and Justice AgenciesPresented to the Justice & Health Initiative (JHI) Provider Working Group, June 4, 2013   People under justice supervision are very likely to have substance use disorders, serious mental illness and/or chronic medical conditions compared with the general population. Through expanded coverage for low-income adults, services are expected to become available for this population. Assuring that effective services are expanded is vital to reducing recidivism. Aligning health system...
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2013 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource CMS Ten Ways SeriesThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a series of fact sheets that provide guidance tailored to various justice system stakeholders on how to connect individuals detained in jails, incarcerated in prisons, and on parole in the community with health coverage options under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Due to special enrollment rules for such populations, criminal justice systems play a vital role in ensuring that these individuals receive proper coverage. TASC's Center...
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Corrections
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Court Systems
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Jails
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Probation & Parole
2013 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource Winners' Circle Training FlyerLearn about Winners’ Circles and how to bring them to your community. For more information about CHJ's Winners' Circle training and consulting click here.
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Winners' Circle Training Flyer
2013 Article, Interview 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
2013 Article, Interview 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 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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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
2011 Article, Interview 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.
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, Interview 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 Article, Interview 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 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
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 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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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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2010 Article, Interview 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

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