New Report: Invest in Youth – Not Prisons Putting youth in prisons is the most expensive and least effective way to respond to juvenile delinquency. Yet Illinois spends heavily on unnecessary prison facilities while neglecting community-based alternatives to incarceration, according to a new report from Voices’ Fiscal Policy Center. By shifting investment from youth prisons to research-backed, community-based alternatives, Illinois can help youth succeed, improve public safety, and save taxpayers money.
Budget Crisis Update: Devastating Impacts Continue to Grow The lack of a full state budget nine months into the fiscal year continues to have devastating impacts for children, families, and communities. In an update to its September 2015 report, the Fiscal Policy Center captures the damage occuring in 60 different public service areas. The resulting large-scale dismantling of vital parts of Illinois’ health, human service, and higher education systems is inflicting long-term damage that will take many years to repair.
Voices’ New President: Tasha Green Cruzat Tasha Green Cruzat joined Voices for Illinois Children as our new president on March 21. Tasha comes to Voices after serving as Chief of Staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Previously, Tasha served in senior positions in the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget and Central Management Services, as well as the Executive Director of High Jump, a nonprofit that provides academic opportunities for low-income Chicago youth.