December 2013  Vol. 31, No. 4

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Karen F. Maline, Editor
Nancy Michel, Managing Editor


Stephen Haas, President
Janeena J. Wing, Vice President
Lisa Shoaf, Secretary/ Treasurer
Danette Buskovick, Delegate
Mark Myrent Delegate
Roger Przybylski, Appointed Delegate
Phillip Stevenson, Past President

Joan C. Weiss, Executive Director

Shawn Flower, Research Associate
Karen F. Maline, Director of Member Services
Nancy Michel, Director of Publications
Stan Orchowsky, Research Director
Jason Trask, Program Associate

Illinois Criminal Justice Cost-Benefit Model Development

In partnership with the Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council (SPAC), and in collaboration with the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, the Illinois SAC is working to implement a comprehensive cost-benefit model for the Illinois criminal justice system based on the work by the Washington State Institute of Public Policy (WSIPP). Over the course of the last two years, project staff have been collecting a range of state-specific and external criminal justice component costs and outcome measures required for the WSIPP model. These include:

The initial goal of the project is to be able to produce cost-benefit analyses of programming offered by the Illinois Department of Corrections to inform legislators and other policy makers. Future plans include producing cost-benefit analyses of community-based programming and using the tool for cost-benefit analyses of the programs funded by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, as well as examining the feasibility of the model's use for the Governor's Office Budgeting for Results initiative.