At local, state, and federal levels, TASC supports public policies that reduce incarceration and create healthier communities. Our policy priorities are to:
1. Shrink the justice system by diverting eligible people away from prosecution and incarceration and into community-based services, as soon as appropriate.
2. Create pathways for successful reentry after justice involvement, and reduce barriers that inhibit success.
3. Promote evidence-based strategies in substance use and mental health disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery.
4. Expand community capacity to treat mental health and substance use disorders, adapting to changing environments.
TASC President Pam Rodriguez serves on Governor Rauner’s Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform, and she has been honored by the White House for advancing system-wide justice interventions for people with substance use disorders. Rodriguez and TASC Founder Melody Heaps are featured in a White House video describing TASC as a model for reducing incarceration and increasing access to community-based healthcare and recovery.
For more information on TASC’s public policy activities, please visit our Center for Health and Justice.