Racial and Ethnic Justice

Addressing Disproportionate Minority Contact with the Justice System

Many existing drug policies have disproportionately affected certain racial and ethnic groups, especially African Americans. CHJ promotes public policies that examine and reverse the disproportionate impact of current laws, strategies, and practices on minority communities.

Here is some of our work in this issue area:

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2016 Service Focus or Project TASC-CHJ Medicaid Policy SeriesMedicaid Reforms to Support Criminal Justice Populations Medicaid expansion coupled with the criminal justice reform movement presents an unprecedented opportunity to build a criminal justice system—one that takes on a public health approach...
2015 Facts on Youth Issue 4: 1 in 14 U.S. Children Has Had a Parent in Prison or Jail
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    FOY 2015, Issue 4
2015 Technical Assistance Webinar: Leveraging New Health Care Funding in an Era of ReformWebinar: recorded November 7, 2014. New health care funding offers opportunities for jails, prisons, probation and parole to save funds in the current budget year. It also provides the opportunity to expand the range of services purchased, including...
2013 Facts on Youth Youth Incarceration Continues Significant Decline, but Racial/Ethnic Disparities Persist
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    FOY 2013, Issue 2
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,... 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...
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    Executive Summary
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    Full Report
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    Appendices
2011 Service Focus or Project Illinois Racial and Ethnic Impact (REI) Research Task ForceThe Illinois Racial and Ethnic Impact (REI) Research Task Force was formed in 2011 as a non-partisan, multi-disciplinary group of policymakers, agency leaders, justice system professionals and practitioners, researchers, and advocates charged by...
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... link
2011 Facts on Justice IL Commission: African Americans, Latinos Disproportionately Arrested, Prosecuted, Sentenced for Drug Crime
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    FOJ 2011, March
2011 Facts on Justice Over 2 Million Formerly Incarcerated Denied the Right to Vote
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    FOJ 2011, October
2011 Facts on Youth Racial/Ethnic Minority Youth Less Likely to Receive Treatment for Major Depression
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    FOY 2011, March
2011 Facts on Youth Teen Birth Rate in U.S. Continues Decline, Racial/Ethnic Disparities Persist
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    FOY 2011, April
2011 Facts on Youth More Hispanic Children Living in Poverty than Any Other Group; African-American Children Face Greatest Poverty Rate
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    FOY 2011, October
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... 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...
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    Slide Presentation
2010 Facts on Justice Minority Populations Incarcerated at Disproportionately High Rates; Disparities Influenced by Sentencing and Drug Policies
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    FOJ 2010, November
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...
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    Executive Summary
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    Full Report
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    Appendices
2009 Service Focus or Project Illinois Disproportionate Justice Impact Study (DJIS) CommissionThe Illinois Disproportionate Justice Impact Study (DJIS) Commission was formed in 2009 as a nonpartisan, multi-disciplinary group of policymakers, agency leaders, and justice professionals charged by Illinois state law (Public Act 095-0995) with...
2007 Report or Paper A Primer on Drug Addiction, Crime, and Treatment Report published by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) (November 2007). Prompted by the significant racial disproportionality in prison admissions for drug crimes in Illinois, ICJIA commissioned an in-depth analysis of the... link
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...

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