CHICAGO - August 6, 2015. Adult Redeploy Illinois was honored this week with the National Criminal Justice Association's Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award-Midwest Region in recognition of its work in community corrections. The award was received at the National Forum on Criminal Justice in Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 4.
Adult Redeploy Illinois aims to reduce the number of non-violent offenders sent to the Illinois Department of Corrections by working with communities to provide financial incentives for the establishment of local evidence-based services. Grant funding provided by Adult Redeploy Illinois allows communities to more effectively deal with non-violent offenders in a more cost-effective manner. In turn, jurisdictions agree to reduce by 25 percent the number of non-violent offenders sent to the Illinois Department of Corrections.
"It is exciting and rewarding to see Adult Redeploy Illinois recognized on a national platform," said Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Executive Director John Maki. "What makes Adult Redeploy Illinois successful is the commitment and dedication of individuals across the state to evidence-based, data-driven, and results-oriented programming. As a result, we can improve public safety with better offender outcomes at a lower cost to taxpayers."
The program diverted more than 2,100 offenders from the Illinois Department of Corrections from 2011-2014, resulting in estimated potential savings of $46.5 million in correctional costs. An evaluation of the program in DuPage County, one of Adult Redeploy Illinois's five pilot sites, found that the program has thus far exceeded the reduction goal of 25 percent.
"I was honored to accept the award on behalf of the local agencies we fund-and the clients they serve-who are doing the difficult behavioral change work in communities necessary to reduce crime and improve quality of life," said Adult Redeploy Illinois Program Director Mary Ann Dyar.
NCJA's Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Awards are given annually to five criminal justice programs to highlight criminal justice programs that merit recognition for providing effective services to address crime-related issues in their communities. Winning programs are innovative and can document concrete results. Programs must:
- Address an important criminal justice issue.
- Demonstrate collaboration among criminal justice and allied agencies and disciplines.
- Provide quantitative evidence of accomplishing program goals.
- Provide a good example of use of federal funds to initiate the program that is subsequently supported through state and local funds or is self-sustaining.
- Be easily replicated in other jurisdictions.
ARI Program Director Mary Ann Dyar and ICJIA Executive Director John Maki accept NCJA's Outstanding Program Award Tuesday in Atlanta, Ga. Also pictured: Karhlton Moore, Vice President, NCJA Board of Directors (left), and Cabell Cropper, NCJA Executive Director.
For more information on Adult Redeploy Illinois, please visit www.icjia.org/redeploy.
To learn more about the Outstanding Criminal Justice Program awards, visit NCJA.