Director of Innovations / Alliance for Safety and Justice
John Maki is the Director of Innovations at the Alliance for Safety and Justice. In that role, John partners with government leaders, elected officials, non-profit organizations and communities to develop effective implementation strategies for the policy reforms ASJ drives in states across the country. He also leads the development of ASJ’s federal policy agenda. Prior to joining ASJ, he served as Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA), which houses public safety research grant-making for the state. At ICJIA John’s work touched almost all aspects of Illinois’ public safety system. The organization helped shape broad changes in victim services, sentencing and state and local criminal justice during his tenure. Earlier in his career, John ran the John Howard Association of Illinois (JHA), the only non-partisan prison watchdog in the state. Under his leadership JHA drove significant legislative and policy reform, and John helped shape public opinion with commentary that appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, NPR and many other national, state and local media outlets. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recognized JHA under John’s leadership as a key contributor to the field of justice reform.