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Title:Higher Education in Prison Task Force
Contact Name:Illinois Criminial Justice Information Authority
Function:To obtain and analyze existing data on higher education in prisons (HEP) in Illinois; to identify data points that IDOC should collect to allow for meaningful, statewide evaluation of HEP; to assess barriers and opportunities to HEP in Illinois, including barriers and opportunities to continuing higher education upon release from IDOC; and to recommend a legislative action plan to expand access to HEP in Illinois and propel Illinois to being a national exemplar in that area.
Senate Confirmation:No
Compensation:None
Composition:The Task Force shall consist of the following members: (1) The Governor or his or her designee, who will serve as Chair; The Director of the Justice, Equity, and Opportunity Initiative as designated by the Lieutenant Governor; The Director of IDOC or his or her chief of staff; The Chair of the Illinois Board of Higher Education or his or her designee; The Executive Director of the Illinois Community College Board or his or her designee; The Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority or his or her designee; One State Representative appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, one State Representative appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, one State Senator appointed by the President of the Senate, and one State Senator appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate; Two academic officers (e.g., deans or provosts) at institutions currently or formerly involved with HEP in Illinois, one appointed by the Speaker of the House and one by the Minority Leader of the House; Two current or past administrators or instructors in Illinois HEP programs, one appointed by the Speaker of the House and one by the Minority Leader of the House; Two formerly incarcerated individuals who participated in HEP in Illinois, one appointed by the Speaker of the House and one by the Minority Leader of the House; Two recognized experts on HEP, one appointed by the Speaker of the House and one by the Minority Leader of the House; and One member who is a representative of a statewide organization that independently monitors corrections facilities, policies, and practices in Illinois appointed by the Lieutenant Governor.
Authority:HJR0027 (102 GA)

 Member Names

Name (Last, First)Term ExpiresMember SinceAffiliationAppointed ByPositionTitleCounty
Mayorga, Orlando12/1/2021GovernorChair
VACANTLieutenant GovernorMemberDirector of the Justice, Equity, and Opportunity Initiative
VACANTStatuteMemberDirector of IDOC or Chief of Staff
VACANTStatuteMemberChair of the Illinois Board of Higher Education or Designee
VACANTStatuteMemberExecutive Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority or Designee
VACANTSpeaker of the HouseMemberState Representative
VACANTMinority Leader of the House of Representatives MemberState Representative
VACANTPresident of the SenateMemberSenator
VACANTMinority Leader of the SenateMemberSenator
VACANTSpeaker of the HouseMemberTwo academic officers (e.g., deans or provosts) at institutions currently or formerly involved with HEP in Illinois
VACANTMinority Leader of the House of Representatives MemberTwo academic officers (e.g., deans or provosts) at institutions currently or formerly involved with HEP in Illinois
VACANTSpeaker of the HouseMemberTwo current or past administrators or instructors in Illinois HEP programs
VACANTMinority Leader of the House of Representatives MemberTwo current or past administrators or instructors in Illinois HEP programs
VACANTSpeaker of the HouseMemberTwo formerly incarcerated individuals who participated in HEP in Illinois
VACANTMinority Leader of the House of Representatives MemberTwo formerly incarcerated individuals who participated in HEP in Illinois
VACANTSpeaker of the HouseMemberTwo recognized experts on HEP
VACANTMinority Leader of the House of Representatives MemberTwo recognized experts on HEP
VACANTLieutenant GovernorMemberOne member who is a representative of a statewide organization that independently monitors corrections facilities, policies, and practices in Illinois
Wilson, Nathan 11/22/2021StatuteMemberExecutive Director of the Illinois Community College Board or Designee