Items tagged with "CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM"


articles  |   Criminal Justice Professionals Learn Promising Practices to Prosecute Domestic Violence Cases

Published: October 19, 2018
Illinois law enforcement agencies reported 118,160 domestic-related crimes in 2016. The Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council developed and provided training for police and other criminal justice practitioners to improve knowledge about domestic violence and apply this knowledge to support evidence-based approaches to prosecution and orders of protection. This article presents findings from 28 training evaluations held between September 2015 and September 2017. These evaluations provided evidence of some improvement post-training in confidence and knowledge of domestic violence and increased knowledge of promising practices to collect evidence for and investigate domestic violence and abuse cases.



articles  |   The Cost of Justice: The Impact of Criminal Justice Financial Obligations on Individuals and Families

Published: August 1, 2018
Monetary penalties, such as court costs, fees, and fines, are common sanctions levied by the criminal justice system. While these sanctions are used to offset court operations’ costs, the financial burden disproportionately impacts those from lower socioeconomic levels and minority communities. By negatively impacting credit scores, suspending opportunities for driving and professional licensure, and shifting financial burdens to family members, criminal justice debt threatens the foundations of a crime-free life: employment, housing, healthy relationships, and meeting basic living needs. This article summarizes survey findings gleaned from a population of justice-involved individuals to gain insight into the impacts of court costs, fees, and fines on individuals and families in Illinois. Most respondents reported receiving no explanation of their financial obligations, made less than $15,000, and had to forgo basic needs to pay legal debts.



publications  |   The Cost of Justice: The Impact of Criminal Justice Financial Obligations on Individuals and Families

Published: August 1, 2018
Monetary penalties, such as court costs, fees, and fines, are common sanctions levied by the criminal justice system. While these sanctions are used to offset court operations’ costs, the financial burden disproportionately impacts those from lower socioeconomic levels and minority communities. This article summarizes survey findings gleaned from a population of justice-involved individuals to gain insight into the impacts of court costs, fees, and fines on individuals and families in Illinois. Most respondents reported receiving no explanation of their financial obligations, made less than $15,000, and had to forgo basic needs to pay legal debts.



publications  |   Collaboration in Criminal Justice: A Review of the Literature on Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils

Published: July 26, 2018
The criminal justice system features multiple independent agencies working parallel to each other. Criminal justice coordinating councils (CJCCs) foster agency collaboration to better address county criminal justice issues. This article describes CJCCs and examines the limited available research on them.



articles  |   Collaboration in Criminal Justice: A Review of the Literature on Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils

Published: July 19, 2018
The criminal justice system features multiple independent agencies working parallel to each other. Criminal justice coordinating councils foster agency collaboration to better address county criminal justice issues. This article describes criminal justice coordinating councils and examines the limited research available on their implementation and effectiveness.