About the Commission

On February 11, 2015, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed Executive Order 14 (2015) establishing the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform. Comprised of more than two dozen criminal justice practitioners, lawmakers and policymakers, the Commission is charged with developing comprehensive, evidence-based strategies to meet the goal of reducing Illinois’ prison population 25 percent by 2025.

The Commission will conduct a thorough review of the state’s criminal justice and sentencing structure, sentencing practices, community supervision, and use of alternatives to incarceration. It will build upon bipartisan, data-driven, and evidence-based reforms that have reduced the use of incarceration and its costs while protecting and improving public safety. Data collection and analysis will be used to identify public safety outcomes that reduce crime, reduce recidivism, and protect the citizens of Illinois.

Commission tasks include evaluation of sentencing policy, structure, and trends, and their impact on the state’s capacity for incarceration, corrections operations, and resources needed to manage offenders. Offender community reentry services and their role in reducing recidivism also will be evaluated.

An initial report of the Commission’s findings and recommendations are due to the Governor by July 1, 2015. A final report is due to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 31, 2015.

The Executive Order

WHEREAS, imprisonment is the State’s most expensive form of criminal punishment, with taxpayers spending $1.3 billion on the Department of Corrections and $131 million on the Department of Juvenile Justice each year; and
WHEREAS, 97% of all inmates are eventually released from the custody of the Department of Corrections into the state’s most vulnerable and impoverished communities; and
WHEREAS, recidivism is dangerously high, with 48% of the adult inmates and 53.5% of juveniles released from incarceration only to return within three years, perpetuating a vicious and costly cycle; and
WHEREAS, the Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council and the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority have demonstrated that Illinois’ prison population has increased by 700% while Illinois crime rates have fallen by 20% over the last 40 years; and
WHEREAS, the Bureau of Justice Statistics recognizes that Illinois has one of the most crowded prison systems in the country, operating at more than 150% of its design capacity; and
WHEREAS, the John Howard Association and other outside entities have demonstrated that the Department of Corrections is experiencing severe overcrowding, which threatens the safety of inmates and staff and undermines the Department’s rehabilitative efforts; and
WHEREAS, the twin goals of sentencing in the State of Illinois, as stated in Article I, Section 11 of Illinois Constitution, are to prescribe penalties commensurate with the seriousness of the offense and to restore offenders to useful citizenship; and
WHEREAS, states across the country have enacted bipartisan, data-driven, and evidence-based reforms that have reduced the use of incarceration and its costs while protecting and improving public safety; and
WHEREAS, the Governor recognizes the necessity of data collection and analysis by state agencies in producing public safety outcomes that will reduce crime, reduce recidivism, and protect the citizens of Illinois; and
WHEREAS, it is in the interest of public safety and public good for the State to examine the current criminal justice and sentencing policies, practices, and resource allocation in Illinois to develop comprehensive, evidence-based strategies to more effectively improve public safety outcomes and reduce Illinois’ prison population by 25% by 2025;
THEREFORE, I, Bruce Rauner, Governor of Illinois, by virtue of the executive authority vested in me by Section 8 of Article V of the Constitution of the State of Illinois, do hereby order as follows:
There is hereby established the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform (the “Commission”).
The Commission shall conduct a comprehensive review of the State’s current criminal justice and sentencing structure, sentencing practices, community supervision, and the use of alternatives to incarceration, including, but not limited to, a review and evaluation of:
1. The existing statutory provisions by which an offender is sentenced to or can be released from incarceration;
2. The existing statutory provisions as to their uniformity, certainty, consistency, and adequacy;
3. The lengths of incarceration and community supervision that result from the current sentencing structure, and the incentives or barriers to the appropriate utilization of alternatives to incarceration;
4. The extent to which education, job training, and re-entry preparation programs can both facilitate the readiness of inmates to transition into the community and reduce recidivism;
5. The impact of existing sentences upon the State’s criminal justice system, including state prison capacity, local jail capacity, community supervision resources, judicial operations, and law enforcement responsibilities;
6. The relation that a sentence or other criminal sanction has to public safety and the likelihood of recidivism; and
7. The anticipated future trends in sentencing.
The Commission shall make recommendations for amendments to state law that will reduce the State’s current prison population by 25% by 2025 through maximizing uniformity, certainty, consistency, and adequacy of the State’s criminal sentencing structure. The Commission’s recommendations will ensure that (a) the punishment is aligned with the seriousness of the offense, (b) public safety is protected through the deterrent effect of the sentences authorized and the rehabilitation of those that are convicted, and (c) appropriate consideration is accorded to the victims, their families, and the community. Reports of the Commission shall include, but not be limited to, an evaluation of the impact that existing sentences have had on the length of incarceration, the impact of early release, the impact of existing sentences on the length of community supervision, recommended options for the use of alternatives to incarceration, and an analysis of the fiscal impact of the Commission’s recommendations.
Each department, agency, board, or authority of the State or any unit of local government shall provide records and other information to the Commission as requested by the Commission to carry out its duties, provided that the Commission and the provider of such information shall make appropriate arrangements to ensure that the provision of information to the Commission does not violate any applicable laws. If the Commission receives a request to inspect any such information pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, the Commission shall consult with the provider of the information in determining whether an exemption to public inspection applies and should be asserted.
1. The Commission shall consist of members appointed by the Governor after soliciting recommendations from the General Assembly, the Judiciary, victim rights advocates, and other stakeholders. The Governor shall select a chair of the Commission from among the members. A majority of the members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum, and all recommendations of the Commission shall require approval of a majority of the total members of the Commission.
2. The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority shall provide administrative support to the Commission as needed, including providing an ethics officer, an Open Meetings Act officer, and a Freedom of Information Act officer.
The Commission shall issue an initial report of its findings and recommendations to the Governor by July 1, 2015, and a final report to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 31, 2015. Upon submission of its final report, the Commission shall be dissolved.
In addition to whatever policies or procedures it may adopt, all operations of the Commission shall be subject to the provisions of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140/1 et seq.) and the Illinois Open Meetings Act (5 ILCS 120/1 et seq.). This section shall not be construed so as to preclude other statutes from applying to the Commission and its activities.
If any part of this Executive Order is found invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remaining provisions shall remain in full force and effect.
This Executive Order shall take effect immediately upon filing with the Secretary of State.
Bruce Rauner, Governor
Issued by the Governor: February 11, 2015
Filed with the Secretary of State: February 11, 2015

The Commission Members

  • Chairman: Rodger Heaton - Public Safety Director & Homeland Security Advisor, Office of the Governor

    Rodger Heaton serves as the Chairman of this Commission, and is Director of Public Safety and Homeland Security Advisor to Governor Bruce Rauner. He has 30 years of legal experience, with substantial experience both as a federal prosecutor and as a criminal defense attorney in two national law firms headquartered in Chicago. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Heaton served as United States Attorney for the Central District of Illinois -- the chief federal law enforcement official for 46 counties in central Illinois. He also served on the Attorney General’s Advisory Council, a body that advises the Attorney General of the United States on all policy matters related to the justice system. For several years, Mr. Heaton taught white collar crime courses at the University of Illinois College of Law as an adjunct law professor, and trial and appellate advocacy for the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Vice Chairman: Jason Barclay - General Counsel, Office of the Governor

    Jason Barclay is general counsel to Governor Bruce Rauner. He was previously a litigation partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP and served as special counsel and policy director for public safety to Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. In Indiana, Barclay oversaw the operations of the Indiana Department of Correction, State Police, and National Guard among others, and chaired the Boards of Trustees of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and the non-profit organization, DARE Indiana. Barclay also helped draft legislation to combat methamphetamine abuse, reform criminal sentencing laws, and impose new penalties for public corruption offenses.

  • Kathryn Bocanegra - Director of Violence Prevention, Enlace Chicago
  • Kathryn Bocanegra is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and leads Enlace Chicago’s violence prevention department. In her career in public safety she has managed community coalitions on early prevention and programmatic initiatives that range from school-based efforts, street intervention, to re-entry. Her efforts received recognition for outstanding community strategy in violence prevention from LISC Chicago (Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards) and MetLife Foundation (Community- Police partnership). Kathryn is a member of the Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Committee. In addition, Kathryn is a doctoral student at the University of Chicago in social work and her research interests encompass community violence prevention, developmental life course criminology, and sentencing policy.

  • Jerry Butler - Vice President of Community Corrections, Safer Foundation

    Jerry Butler retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections in 2000, after 31 years of service. During his tenure, he held a variety of administrative/leadership positions within the agency, retiring as Superintendent, Illinois Youth Center, in St. Charles, Illinois. Mr. Butler previously held the position for agency-wide responsibility for the Human Resources Department. In that capacity, he was the agency chief spokesperson in all matters involving labor relations and personnel.

    Mr. Butler was elected on two occasions to serve as the President, Illinois Correctional Association. During his leadership as President, membership increased dramatically and ICA was awarded the American Correctional Associations Blanch LaDue Award in recognition of this growth.

    He currently serves on two American Correctional Association Committees, Community Corrections and Workforce/Human Resources. In addition he serves as a Board Member of the International Community Corrections Association based in Washington D.C.

    In 2006, Mr. Butler was selected to serve on the Governors Transition Team for the creation of the new Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice. He currently is an Advisory Board member of the Department of Juvenile Justice. In his home town of Aurora, Illinois he serves on the Board of two youth focused social service programs.

    Mr. Butler was named Vice President Community Corrections of the Safer Foundation, a Chicago Illinois based organization in 2001. The Safer Foundation is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit providers of employment placement and job readiness training exclusively targeting people with criminal records.

  • John Cabello - State Representative
  • State Representative John Cabello (R-Machesney Park) was sworn into office in August of 2012 and was first elected to represent the 68th District in November of 2012. The 68th District includes areas of Rockford, Machesney Park, Roscoe, Loves Park, and Cherry Valley.

    Originally from Texas, John and his family moved to Machesney Park at a very young age. He attended and graduated from Harlem High School in Machesney Park.

    John began serving his community by becoming a police officer for South Beloit and later transferring to Rockford where he became a detective. John has served almost 20 years as a police officer and is currently on a leave of absence from the Rockford Police Department.

    John previously served as a Winnebago County Board member for District 8 and currently works part-time for Stewart & Associates.

    Rep. Cabello currently serves on seven committees that include Appropriations-Public Safety (Republican Spokesperson), Judiciary - Criminal (Republican Spokesperson), Labor & Commerce Committee, Public Utilities, Intermodal Infrastructure, Tollway Oversight, and Workforce Reconciliation Subcommittee.

  • Michael Connelly - State Senator
  • Scott Drury - State Representative
  • Scott is currently serving his second term as State Representative for Illinois’ 58th District. Scott is recognized as a leading advocate in the General Assembly for restoring the public’s trust in Illinois government. In his short time in the General Assembly, Scott has proven himself to be an extremely effective legislator, responsible for the enactment of various laws that others have recognized as setting the standard for other states to strive for.

    Scott is the Vice Chairman of the House Criminal Judiciary Committee. He also serves as a member of the House Personnel and Pensions Committee and Elementary and Secondary Education Charter School Policy Committee. Scott is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and currently practices law at a prominent Chicago law firm. Scott is also an adjunct professor at the Northwestern University School of Law. Scott is married and has two children.

  • Brendan Kelley - State's Attorney, St. Clair County
  • Andrew Leipold - Edwin M. Adams Professor of Law, University of Illinois
  • John Maki - Executive Director, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
  • John Maki is the Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA). Prior to his appointment, Mr. Maki was executive director of the John Howard Association of Illinois, the state's oldest prison reform organization, and the only independent group that monitors the state's juvenile and adult prison systems. Mr. Maki is a criminal justice system reformer whose significant legislative advocacy efforts include 2012 bi-partisan legislation enabling low-level offenders to earn time off their sentences and work that led to the creation of the Joint Committee on Criminal Justice Reform.

    As head of the John Howard Association, Mr. Maki's commentary on the criminal justice system has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, National Public Radio, and many other Illinois state and local media outlets.

    Mr. Maki is an attorney and has represented people seeking clemency before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. He also has worked in homeless prevention and as a teacher at the high school and college levels. Mr. Maki was named a 2014 Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers - Illinois Chapter and has served on several non-profit and governmental committees and boards, including ICJIA's.

    Mr. Maki holds a juris doctorate from Loyola University Chicago College of Law, a master's degree in English from the University of Chicago, and bachelor degrees in English and philosophy from Whittier College.

  • Doug Marlowe - Chief of Science, Law & Policy, National Association of Drug Court Professionals

    Douglas B. Marlowe, J.D., Ph.D. is the Chief of Science, Law & Policy for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Previously, he was a senior scientist at the Treatment Research Institute and an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. A lawyer and clinical psychologist, Dr. Marlowe has received numerous research grants to study coercion in substance abuse treatment, the effects of Drug Courts and other programs for substance abusing individuals involved in the criminal justice system, and behavioral treatments for substance abusers and criminal offenders. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and has received proficiency certification in the treatment of psychoactive substance use disorders from the APA College of Professional Psychology. Dr. Marlowe has published over 175 articles, books, and book chapters on the topics of crime and substance abuse. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Drug Court Review and is on the editorial board of the journal, Criminal Justice & Behavior.

  • Karen McConnaughay - State Senator
  • Michael Noland - State Senator
  • David Olson - Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Loyola University

    David Olson is as a Professor in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department at Loyola University Chicago, where he is also the Graduate Program Director, and previously served as Department Chairperson and Director of Loyola’s interdisciplinary Forensic Science Program. For nearly 20 years, Dr. Olson worked at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, where he was a Senior Scientist responsible for overseeing the evaluation of federally funded drug and violent crime control efforts in the State of Illinois. During his 29 years in the field of criminal justice, David has worked with a variety of federal, state and local agencies to develop, implement and evaluate programs and policies, particularly in the area of community and institutional corrections.

    Dr. Olson has published more than 100 articles, research bulletins and research reports, and has made more than 100 presentations at professional conferences, hearings, and training symposia. Dr. Olson received his B.S. in Criminal Justice from Loyola University Chicago, his M.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and his Ph.D. in Political Science/Public Policy Analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was the recipient of the Assistant United States Attorney General’s Graduate Research Fellowship. In 2011, Dr. Olson received the Hans W. Mattick Award for outstanding accomplishments in the field of criminology and criminal justice research from the Illinois Academy of Criminology.

  • Michael Pelletier - Illinois Appellate Defender

    Mr. Pelletier has spent his entire legal career with the Office of the State Appellate Defender. The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Mr. Pelletier the State Appellate Defender effective January 1, 2008. Prior to the appointment, Mr. Pelletier was appointed Deputy Defender of the First District Office in September 1987 and served as the head of that office for over 20 years. He was an Assistant Appellate Defender in the First District Office from 1978 until 1987. He was an Assistant Appellate Defender in the Third District Office from 1976 until 1978.

    Mr. Pelletier received his Juris Doctor from the John Marshall Law School in 1976 and was admitted to the Illinois Bar that year.

  • Howard Peters- Former Director, Illinois Department of Corrections
  • Elena Quintana - Executive Director, Institute for Public Safety - Adler University

    Elena Quintana, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Institute on Public Safety & Social Justice at the Adler School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Quintana was trained in both Clinical and Community Psychology. Currently her work entails creating trauma-informed programs, research, and events that promote socially just solutions to public safety challenges. This includes work related to the juvenile justice system, restorative justice implementation and evaluation, violence prevention, immigration policy and detention reform, and addressing the mental health needs of the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated.

  • Kwame Raoul - State Senator

    Senator Kwame Raoul was born in Chicago to Haitian immigrants and raised on the city’s South Side. He attained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from DePaul University and a J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. Raoul was appointed in 2004 to replace then-State Senator Barack Obama, who had been elected to the U.S. Senate. He currently chairs the Senate’s Judiciary Committee and Committee on Restorative Justice and serves as vice chair of the Sentencing Policy Advisory Commission. A former Assistant State’s Attorney, Raoul takes a special interest in the criminal justice system and addressing its systemic inequities. Throughout his legislative career, he has championed prison and sentencing reform, community corrections solutions, fair policing, ex-offender services, domestic violence prevention, early childhood education, health care access and economic development. Raoul quickly earned the trust needed to handle sensitive negotiations on issues such as the death penalty, workers’ compensation reform, pension reform, redistricting and concealed carry. He lives in Hyde Park, where he proudly raises his children, Che and Mizan.

  • Elizabeth Robb - (Ret.) Chief Judge, 11th Judicial Circuit

    Elizabeth A. Robb, retired as Chief Judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit of Illinois in December, 2014, after serving for nearly 22 years. She was selected as an Associate Judge in 1993, and in 2000 was elected Circuit Judge. She served for 10 years as Chief Judge, and was Vice Chair of the Conference of Chief Judges in Illinois from 2008 until February, 2014 when she was elected Chair of the Conference of Chief Judges.

    She currently serves on the Supreme Court’s Language Access Advisory Board, the Special Supreme Court Advisory Committee for Justice and Mental Health Planning, is a member of the ARDC Committee on Character and Fitness, is a member of the Juvenile Justice Leadership Council, is a board member of Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO); serves on the Advisory Board of the Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice, and was named by Governor Rauner to the Criminal Justice and Sentence Reform Commission.

    She previously served as chair of the Supreme Court Study Committee on Juvenile Justice of the Illinois Judicial Conference, was a member of the Illinois Judicial Conference, the Executive Committee and Strategic Planning Committee of the Judicial Conference, Chair of Executive Committee of Court Reporting Services Agency, and served on the Peer Judge Mentor committee.

    Judge Robb co-founded the McLean County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, and has collaborated with other criminal justice leaders to establish the McLean County Drug Court and the McLean County Recovery Court, a mental health court. She assisted in establishing a CASA program in McLean County in 1995 and was a member of the McLean County Task Force to establish a domestic relations mediation program in 1984. She served as the Co-Chair of the 11th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Council from 1995-2000.

  • Pamela Rodriguez - President and CEO, Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities

    Pam Rodriguez is president of TASC (Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities), a statewide provider of prison diversion and community reentry services. In addition to leading TASC’s services for courts, corrections, and child welfare systems, Ms. Rodriguez directs TASC’s public policy and international consulting services. She serves on the Governor’s Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform; the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, an independent organization in the U.S. executive branch; the oversight board of Redeploy Illinois, which supports community-based alternatives to incarceration for youth; the Illinois Juvenile Justice Leadership Council; and the advisory board of the Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice. Recognized as an expert in connectingresearch to clinical practice, Ms. Rodriguez has co-authored numerous articles on alternatives to incarceration and access to health care for justice populations.

  • Kathryn Saltmarsh - Executive Director, Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council
  • Stephen Sawyer - Director of Specialty Courts, 2nd Judicial Circuit & (Ret.) Chief Judge

    Judge Stephen G. Sawyer (Retired) is the Director of Problem-Solving Courts for the 2nd Judicial Circuit of Illinois, and is also the Juvenile Redeploy Illinois Specialist for the southern half of the State. He received his law degree from the University of Illinois in 1979, served as Wabash County State’s Attorney from 1980 until 1992, was an Associate Judge from 1992 until 2002, and served as the elected Resident Circuit Judge for Wabash County from 2002 until his retirement from the bench in 2013.

    As Chief Judge of the 2nd Circuit during the 2-year period preceding his retirement, Judge Sawyer instituted a Coordinated Drug Court Plan which governs all 2nd Circuit drug courts. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Association of Problem-Solving Courts, and is President of the Illinois Association of Juvenile Justice Councils. Judge Sawyer also chairs the Protective Order Forms Subcommittee formed by the Supreme Court Commission on Equal Access to the Courts, and is a member of the D.H.S. Children’s Justice Task Force and the Family Violence Coordinating Councils Statewide Steering Committee.

  • Elgie Sims Jr. - State Representative
  • Brian Stewart - State Representative
  • Donald Stolworthy - Director, Illinois Department of Corrections
  • Greg Sullivan - Executive Director, Illinois Sheriffs' Association
  • Michael Tardy - Director, Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts

    Michael J. Tardy was appointed Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts on January 17, 2012, after serving as Acting Director since September 2011. Mr. Tardy has served in both clinical and administrative positions within the Illinois Judicial Branch for over 35 years. He initially worked for the Circuit Court of Cook County, where he served in various administrative capacities. In 1988, he joined the Administrative Office’s Probation Services Division where he served as the supervisor of field services. He was promoted to Associate Director for the Probation Services Division in 1996. In 2002, Mr. Tardy was appointed Executive Assistant to the Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts.

    The Administrative Director serves as secretary to the Illinois Courts Commission as well as an ex officio member of the Illinois Judicial Conference and the Supreme Court Historical Preservation Commission. Additional memberships: Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council; Offender Risk and Needs Assessment (RANA) Task Force; Juvenile Crime Enforcement Coalition; the Illinois Juvenile Justice Leadership Council; the Advisory Board of the Illinois Center of Excellence; National Association of Social Workers; and Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW). In 2015, Mr. Tardy was appointed as a Commissioner to the Illinois Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform.

    Mr. Tardy earned a bachelor's degree from DePaul University and a Master's degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has also served as a part-time faculty member at Loyola University Chicago in the Criminal Justice Department. Mr. Tardy is married to Michele and has three adult sons.

  • Gladyse Taylor - Assistant Director, Illinois Department of Corrections
  • Staff: Zafreen Farishta - Public Safety Dunn Fellow, Office of the Governor
  • Staff: Samantha Gaddy - Public Safety Policy Advisor, Office of the Governor

Commission Subcommittees


Examine potential statutory changes needed. Examples of issues this subcommittee will likely examine include:

  1. How should we define “violent” crime.
  2. Whether and how to restructure felonies to limit the number of crimes for which IDOC is an option.
  3. Accountability issues. Whether to constrain or impose punishment for less culpable participants in a multi-party crime differently than for the more culpable participants.
  4. Whether and, if so, to what extent elements such as the aggregate weight of drugs or the mere possession of a weapon should serve as aggravating factors in offenses.
  5. Misdemeanors. What legal options exist to use intensive supervision strategies to change behavior earlier in an offender’s lifecycle of crime.
  6. Whether and, if so, when mandatory minimums are needed, and whether and when they should be presumptive or optional sentence terms.
  7. Aggravating factors, extended term sentences, truth in sentencing.
  8. Whether mandatory supervised release terms should be dictated solely by felony classification.
  9. Collateral legal consequences of crime. Restoration of rights and privileges and under what circumstances; expungement; sealing criminal records.
  10. Legal provisions and protections for employers and landlords of former offenders including indemnity, tax credits, and other incentives.
  11. Video conferencing options for preliminary court proceedings to reduce issues and expenses arising from transporting offenders to and from court.
  • Andrew Leipold – Chair
  • John Cabello
  • Brendan Kelley
  • Michael Noland
  • Michael Pelletier
  • Kwame Raoul
  • Brian Stewart
  • Elizabeth Robb


Evaluating: how to recalibrate the funding of criminal justice to limit the potential that effective programs will be eliminated when federal or foundation grant money dries up; the balance between county and state financial support; incentives to limit admissions to IDOC and consequences for overusing it. Using cost-benefit analysis to prioritize spending will be considered in this subcommittee, as will eliminating unfunded mandates and mandates that are counterproductive due to capacity issues.

This subcommittee will focus on identifying and quantifying programming and service capacity within IDOC and probation, and generally from a public health perspective. This subcommittee will complete reliable program inventories for IDOC, probation and parole.

  • Kathryn Saltmarsh (Chair)
  • Michael Connelly
  • Karen McConnaughay
  • Howard Peters
  • Greg Sullivan
  • Gladyse Taylor


This subcommittee will evaluate what an effective, and cost-effective, system looks like. Community corrections includes probation, parole, prosecution and police-controlled diversion programs. Some of the issues this subcommittee will likely address include eligibility, expansion to include higher risk/higher need offenders, implementing programs with fidelity and accountability through data collection and analysis.

  • Elizabeth Robb (Chair)
  • Kathryn Bocanegra
  • Jerry Butler
  • John Maki
  • Elena Quintana
  • Stephen Sawyer
  • Michael Tardy
  • Doug Marlowe


This subcommittee will look deeply at jail operations and populations, including the relationship between pretrial detention and the probability of a prison sentence; how jails should interface with community corrections programs that require capacity for swift and certain sanctions; and an examination of misdemeanor sentencing.

  • Donald Stolworthy (Chair)
  • Scott Drury
  • David Olson
  • Pamela Rodriguez
  • Stephen Sawyer
  • Greg Sullivan


This subcommittee will address the infrastructure and sustained leadership needed to ensure that the ideas that the Commission recommends can be implemented in lasting ways. The issues it addresses will include effecting organizational change; establishing efficient and durable data collection and analysis systems; building reliable and durable feedback loops; identifying performance measures and developing the structure for evaluation of the reforms going forward.

  • John Maki (Chair)
  • Karen McConnaughay
  • Elena Quintana
  • Kwame Raoul
  • Kathryn Saltmarsh
  • Elgie Sims Jr.
  • Brian Stewart
  • Gladyse Taylor