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About IAC

The Illinois Academy of Criminology is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to stimulating the interest of its members and the public in a balanced study of Criminology and Criminal Justice; promoting scientific inquiry, research, and publication; and presenting the results of relevant studies and research by means of lectures, addresses, and publications.

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Balanced Debate and Discussion

Academy programs feature panels of three to five expert guest speakers who work in the area of discussion or have knowledge of it from previous experience or special study. Administrators of correctional institutions, police departments, probation and parole systems, and private agencies in the field; practitioners at all levels in these organizations; and professors of criminal justice, sociology, social work and law are the most frequent participants.

Board of Directors

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Jona Goldschmidt 


Professor Emeritus

Loyola University Chicago

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Roger Bay

Vice President

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Creasie Finney Hairston


Jane Addams College of Social Work


Pattie Banas


Executive Director

 Sussex Management

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James Humenik


LE & CJ Program Chair
Oakton Community College 

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Edward Mogul

Professor Emeritus

City Colleges of Chicago

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Panels & Presentations

IAC events bring together professionals in the field to present on and discuss cutting edge issues in an effort to keep practitioners up-to-date and informed.

A few topics from recent events include:

  • The Cutting Edge of Mental Health and Criminal Justice

  • American Jails:  On the Frontier of Reform

  • Tragic, But Not Random:  Network Analysis of Gun Violence

  • Juvenile Justice

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