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Never Fully Free: The Scale and Impact of Permanent Punishments on People with Criminal Records in Illinois

June 29, 2020

This first-of-its-kind study confirms that more than 3.3 million people in Illinois could be impacted by permanent punishments as a result of prior "criminal justice system" involvement, which is more accurately referred to as the "criminal legal system" given the well-documented inequities that bring into question whether the system actually brings justice to people who come into contact with it."Never Fully Free: The Scale and Impact of Permanent Punishments on People with Criminal Records in Illinois," lifts up that permanent punishments are the numerous laws and barriers aimed at people with records that limit their human rights and restrict access to the crucial resources needed to re-build their lives, such as employment, housing, and education. The report recommends a broad dismantling of permanent punishments, so that those who have been involved with the criminal legal system have the opportunity to fully participate in society.The data illustrates the dramatic number of people who may be living with the stigma and limitations of a criminal record in Illinois. Since the advent of mass incarceration in 1979, there are an estimated 3.3 million adults who have been arrested or convicted of a crime in Illinois. Under current laws, these individuals have limited rights even after their criminal legal system involvement has ended. In fact, the report uncovered a vast web of 1,189 laws in Illinois that punish people with criminal records, often indefinitely.

Heartland Alliance Comment on the Consumer Inflation Measures Produced by Federal Statistical Agencies (

June 20, 2019

Submitted public comment on the proposed change to the poverty measure in the US.

Racism's Toll: Report on Illinois Poverty

February 3, 2016

Poverty rates are two to three times higher for Illinoisans of color, and people of color fare far worse on nearly every measure of well-being. In the latest of its annual reports on poverty, "Racism's Toll," Heartland Alliance's Social IMPACT Research Center lays bare the moral, human, and economic cost of the deep inequities in the state and calls out public policies that have and are actively creating these racial inequities.

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Webinar Slides: Enhancing Transitional Jobs with Occupational Training - Implementation Lessons from Michigan Earn and Learn

August 12, 2014

Slides from a webinar that lifted up implementation lessons learned from IMPACT's study of Michigan Earn and Learn, an enhanced transitional jobs (TJ) initiative. This webinar featured speakers from the NTJN and Social IMPACT as well as Earn and Learn regional administrators and direct service providers from Southwest Solutions, Genesee/Shiawassee Michigan Works!, and Focus: HOPE. Together, these experts showcased Earn and Learn's program design, shared the initiative's implementation challenges and successes, and discussed lessons learned to advance the workforce development field.

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