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NPR: Adler Leader Bringing
 Justice Reform Ideas to Gov. Rauner 01.03.17
NPR: Adler Leader Bringing
Justice Reform Ideas to Gov. Rauner
01.03.17

An Adler University leader is among experts who will soon be bringing Gov. Bruce Rauner a final set of recommendations aimed at decreasing the prison population.

Elena Quintana, Ph.D., is the executive director of the university’s Institute on Public Safety & Social Justice. She also serves on one of Rauner’s key advisory committees: the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform. Quintana was quoted in a Jan. 3 NPR article centered on the group's highly anticipated suggestions, which may include ideas such decreasing the area of drug-free zones around schools, parks and churches.

“Commissioner (Quintana), a social justice advocate, says there's a lot of research showing those policies don’t keep kids safer,” the article says. “Instead, she says, they just end up over-criminalizing poor black and Latino communities: ‘And yet, people are afraid of how it would look in the Tribune or something if they say, 'Commission chooses not to protect schools.'"

Quintana is trained in both clinical and community psychology. Her work entails creating trauma-informed programs, research, and events that promote socially just solutions to public safety challenges.

Read the full NPR article, Illinois Criminal Justice Commission Set To Release Recommendations On Reducing Prison Population, online.

About Adler University

Adler University educates students to engage the world and create a more just society. Established in 1952, it enrolls more than 1,400 students in master’s and doctoral programs for social change through its campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver, as well as an Online Campus. Adler University’s mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler, the first community psychologist, by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities and advancing social justice.