After a professional lifetime as a practicing criminal attorney both as a prosecutor and defense attorney, In 2006, I began working at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. ICJIA is the state's primary criminal justice planning and policy agency. ICJIA works to promote evidence-based and promising practices throughout all facets of the state's criminal justice system through both major ICJIA functions. ICJIA is the State Administering Agency for federal grant monies in the criminal justice area and handles several state grant programs as well. ICJIA is also home to the state's award-winning Statistical Analysis Center which is responsible for research and evaluation of crime trends and criminal justice programs and practices.
In 2012, I was honored to be elected President of the National Criminal Justice Association, an organization comprised of the directors of State Administering Agencies throughout the United States and territories, along with criminal justice professionals from a variety of fields. It is an association dedicated to improving criminal justice with emphasis on the implementation of evidence-based practices throughout the criminal justice system.