As the program officer for the Gun Violence Prevention and Justice Reform program, Dr. Quintin Williams leads reform initiatives addressing racial equity, reentry for formerly incarcerated citizens, and police reforms. He comes to Joyce with more than a decade of experience as a criminal justice reform policy advocate, researcher, coalition builder, manager of reform campaigns, and community organizer.
Dr. Williams previously was a project manager at Heartland Alliance where he led that organization’s campaign for criminal justice reform in Illinois. His work included testifying before lawmakers in Springfield, and mediating between business and community leaders in the aftermath racial unrest in Chicago in 2020. He also has advocated for ending “permanent punishments” and restoring rights to people with criminal records.
Dr. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University, and masters and doctoral degrees in sociology from Loyola University. His dissertation examined how housing insecurity affects formerly incarcerated people reentering society.
The current state of the Chicago police consent decree
A discussion on the court ordered consent decree that included an update from independent monitor Maggie Hickey, and a panel discussion with Cara Hendrickson, Ghian Foreman, Robert Boik, and Garien Gatewood (moderator).
Briefing on New Illinois Criminal Justice Legislation
In January 2021, the Illinois General Assembly passed the most comprehensive criminal justice reform legislation in recent memory. The Joyce Foundation, Illinois Justice Project, & BPI hosted a briefing to discuss the key elements of the 700-page bill.