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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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
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
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...
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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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
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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2014 Report or Paper Medicaid Application Assistance in a Jail Setting: A Case Study of Cook County, ILMost individuals booked at the Cook County Jail have untreated medical and behavioral health issues which perpetuate cycles of arrest and incarceration. The National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA), in conjunction with the...
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    Cook County Case Study - NAPSA 2014
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...
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    Executive Summary
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2016 Report or Paper Medicaid Administrative Claiming for Justice AgenciesThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. States have the option to permit justice agencies to receive Medicaid reimbursement for...
2016 Report or Paper Leveraging Medicaid Managed Care for Justice PopulationsThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, Medicaid managed care organizations, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. It explains how perationalizing relationships...
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    Leveraging Managed Care
2016 Report or Paper Medicaid Changes Needed for Criminal Justice Reform: Recommendations for StatesThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. It is applicable in states considering or in the process of applying for a Section 1115...
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    Medicaid for States
2016 Report or Paper Building Bridges to Care from Correctional Systems to Healthcare in the CommunityThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. It describes the key components of a seamless system of care for individuals being...
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    Bridges to Care
2016 Report or Paper Presumptive Eligibility for Individuals Involved in the Justice SystemThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. Individuals who are released from jail or prison can rapidly be enrolled into Medicaid...
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    Presumptive Eligibility
2016 Report or Paper Health Homes for Justice PopulationsThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. The Affordable Care Act allows states to receive an enhanced match rate for “health home...
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    Health Homes
2016 Report or Paper 90/10 Funding to Promote Health Information Sharing between Correctional Agencies and Community-Based ProvidersThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. It discusses the intersection between information technology, record sharing, the...
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    9010 Funding
2015 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource Map of State and Local Initiatives to Enroll Individuals in Medicaid in Criminal Justice SettingsResearchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, with the support of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, have created a national picture of the enrollment efforts that are taking place within... link
2014 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource A Culture of Coverage for Justice-Involved Adults in Illinois: A Resource Guide for Implementing the Affordable Care Act for Criminal Justice Personnel in IllinoisDeveloped through this collaboration on behalf of the Illinois Governor's Healthcare Reform Implementation Council: Work Group on Justice Populations (WJP), A Culture of Coverage for Justice-Involved Adults in Illinois serves as a guide for...
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    A Culture of Coverage for Justice-Involved Adults in Illinois

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