The Illinois Justice Project (ILJP) is a continuation of the Justice and Violence Group at Metropolis Strategies and engages in criminal justice reform efforts that promote policies that will make our communities safer and reduce recidivism among youths and adults.  Established in 2014 as a legacy project of Metropolis Strategies, the non-profit ILJP is a supporting organization of the Chicago Community Trust and an affiliate of The Commercial Club of Chicago. 

  • Read more about the need for justice system reform HERE. 
  • An explanation of our policy initiatives is HERE and the appendix with more background information is HERE

The staff of ILJP consists of Paula Wolff, Esther Franco-Payne and Era Laudermilk.  You can read more about them on the staff page of this website.

An advisory board provides counsel to the staff of the Illinois Justice Project.  It is led by Brother James Gaffney, FSC, president of Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois.

More information about the advisory board may be found HERE.