Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Teach-In. Panel on Prison Reform in Illinois featured a keynote address by John Maki, executive director of the John Howard Association of Illinois. Bob Sutherland (older man) of the Central Illinois chapter of the ACLU and member of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) of McLean County also spoke.

John Maki


Maki, Director of the Council’s Task Force on Long Sentences, has spent his career working to improve public safety outcomes as a non-profit executive, senior state governmental leader, and criminal justice policy expert. He served as Executive Director of Illinois’ public safety research and grant-making agency and led the state’s nonpartisan prison watchdog organization. Most recently, he served as Director of Innovations at the Alliance for Safety and Justice, where he partnered with community-based organizations and government leaders to design and implement criminal justice reforms and expand victim services.