Collaborative Reform: Bridging the Gap Between Advocates and Agencies through Evidence-Informed PolicymakingRSVP
Government agencies and advocacy groups often share goals but lack a mechanism to work together to make change. Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ) has recently tried a new approach in Illinois, enlisting the help of the NYU Marron Institute’s Litmus team to collaborate with the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) to understand why a 2018 bill to reform sentence credits failed to have the intended impact. NYU and IDOC used the department’s data to inform process and policy updates, enabling IDOC to greatly increase eligibility for sentence credits for people in prison and incentivize participation in programming, treatment, and prosocial activities. Through new legislation, ASJ provided support for IDOC’s changes and for further expanding sentence-credit availability. Join us for a conversation with IDOC Acting Director Rob Jeffreys, ASJ Director of Innovations John Maki, Marron Institute Director Angela Hawken, and others to discuss this process and how it can enable collaborative reforms in other jurisdictions.
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