Illinois Racial and Ethnic Impact (REI) Research Task Force

The 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 Illinois State law (Public Act 97-0433) with determining a practical method for the standardized collection and analysis of data on the racial and ethnic identity of arrestees by State and local law enforcement agencies.

Under 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. Its members sought input from policymakers, researchers, justice practitioners, service providers, advocacy groups, and community stakeholders to better understand the current landscape, issues, and challenges related to the collection of information on the racial/ethnic identity of justice-involved populations in Illinois.

The Center for Health and Justice at TASC served as staff to the Task Force.

REI Research Task Force Final Report:

        Executive Summary

        Full Report

        Appendices (This includes supporting legislation; public hearing transcripts
        and testimony; and related documents.)  

Illinois Disproportionate Justice Impact Study (DJIS) Commission

The 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 examining the impact of state drug laws on racial and ethnic groups.

Under the co-chairmanship of State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) and State Representative Arthur L. Turner (D-Chicago), and with members named specifically by the law or appointed by State Senate and House leaders, the Commission was charged to study the nature and extent of the harm caused to minority communities through the practical application of state drug laws and to offer recommendations to address the disproportionate impact that laws can have on minority communities.

The Center for Health and Justice at TASC served as staff to the Commission.

DJIS Commission Final Report:

        Executive Summary

        Full Report

        Appendices (This includes supporting legislation; public hearing transcripts
        and testimony; and related documents.)  

Sampling of DJIS news and commentary:

From Associated Press:
The Southern-Carbondale and Southern IL

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Sun-Times:
Editorial, Column: Mary Mitchell

Huffington Post:
Commentary by Katy Welter, Staff Attorney for Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice; and David Ormsby, Public Relations Consultant and Political Strategist

The Daily Mail Online-United Kingdom



Conference Materials from the National Judicial Symposium 2009 (Savannah, Georgia)

CADCA Overview  

Condon - It's a Brain Disease: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt  

Chandler - Science Informed Judicial Decision-Making  

Clark - A Public Health Solution: Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care  

Schwartz - Myths and Facts about Medication Assisted Treatment  

Heaps - Making the Case for Systems Change: Models for Integrating Treatment into Judicial Decision-Making  

Marlowe - Evidence-Based Sentencing for Drug Offenders: Targeting Dispositions by Risks and Needs  

TASC Adult Criminal Justice Services: Information for Judges

CADCA - Closing Comments  

Related Materials:
From NIDA Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, Volume 5, Number 1 - April 2009.

Science and Practice in Action: Recovery Oriented Care for Drug Abusing Offenders - Melody M. Heaps, M.A., Arthur J. Lurigio, Ph.D., Pamela Rodriguez, M.A., Thomas Lyons, Ph.D., and Laura Brookes

Response: A Sensible Division of Labor - Douglas McDonald, Ph.D.; Sally J. Stevens, Ph.D.; and Shiela Strauss, Ph.D.



Contact TASC External Training at (312) 573-8302 for more information about customized trainings and consultation available through the Center for Health & Justice at TASC.




Conference Materials from the 2009 Best Practices Conference (Cape Town, South Africa)

This conference provided an overview of how sound drug policies can alleviate the public health burden of substance abuse and its impact on criminal justice systems.

Partners for the conference included TASC, Inc. (Treatment Alternative for Safe Communities), SANCA (South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence), INL (Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs), and the Republic of South Africa's Department of Social Development.



Contact TASC External Training at (312) 573-8302 for more information about customized trainings and consultation available through the Center for Health & Justice at TASC.