Systems Change

Bringing to Scale Lasting Improvements for Criminal Justice Systems

We help states and jurisdictions develop integrated and aligned interventions at every phase of justice involvement, from arrest through reentry. Our system change work addresses behavioral health conditions and related criminal behavior, thereby promoting public safety and ensuring fiscal responsibility.

Here is some of our work in this issue area:

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2012 Technical Assistance Technical Assistance on Evidence-Based SentencingAs an outgrowth of the Justice Leaders Systems Change Initiative, CHJ provided technical assistance for ad litem attorneys in Bexar County, TX on evidence-based sentencing for drug-involved offenders, recovery-oriented systems of care (ROSC), and...
2012 Technical Assistance Statewide Criminal Justice Framework for Behavioral Health IntegrationFor the State of Ohio, CHJ produced a statewide diversion and reentry plan, integrating behavioral health treatment with criminal justice systems. In phase two, we are consulting with the state on health homes for offenders.
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... link
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 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,... 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 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... 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... 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
2011 Technical Assistance Systems Consulting: Maximizing State Treatment ResourcesFor the State of Ohio, we facilitated a multidisciplinary workgroup process with criminal justice, health, community, and business organizations to maximize treatment resources for the greatest impact.
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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2008 Article, Interview 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...
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 Article, Interview No Entry: Safe Alternatives to IncarcerationArticle published in Offender Substance Abuse Report (January/February 2007, Vol, 7, No. 1). The article presents CHJ's "No Entry" strategy, which is designed to reverse the flow of drug-involved individuals going into and through the criminal... 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...
2005 Report or Paper Disproportionate Sentencing of Minority Drug Offenders in Illinois: Report on Changes in Drug Laws 1985-2002Report published by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) (November 2005). Prompted by the significant racial disproportionality in prison admissions for drug crimes in Illinois, ICJIA commissioned an in-depth analysis of the... link
2005 Report or Paper The Disproportionate Incarceration of African Americans for Drug Crimes: The Illinois PerspectiveReport published by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) (November 2005). Prompted by the significant racial disproportionality in prison admissions for drug crimes in Illinois, ICJIA commissioned an in-depth analysis of the... link
2004 Report or Paper Disproportionate Incarceration of African Americans for Drug Offenses in the U.S.Report published by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) (January 2004). Prompted by the significant racial disproportionality in prison admissions for drug crimes in Illinois, ICJIA commissioned an in-depth analysis of the... link
Service Focus or Project CJDATS II Research on Use of Medication-Assisted Treatment in Correctional SettingsWe are examining the use of medication-assisted treatment in correctional settings, in partnership with TCU's Institute of Behavioral Research and through the Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies II (CJDATS II) initiative. Partner: Texas...
Service Focus or Project Development of Risk-Needs-Responsivity (RNR) Simulation Tool In partnership with George Mason University’s Center for Advancing Criminal Excellence, we are developing and validating a Risk-Needs-Responsivity (RNR) SimulationTool to assist federal, state, and/or local agencies in accurately assessing treatment...

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