From commitment to action! Please support bills that offer a truly progressive step forward in ending our reliance on carceral policies and toward proven policies for community safety for all.
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Decarcerate Illinois member organizations may not individually endorse or oppose all actions on the site, although we share the following fundamental principles:
• We must create policies with evidence-based, cost-effective solutions, with the goal of public safety, individual rehabilitation and human rights.
• We should fund and promote alternatives to prosecution and incarceration through the use of community-based, diversion and specialized programming before, during and after involvement in the criminal legal system.
• We must remove the lifetime consequences imposed by the criminal legal system on men and women seeking to actively reengage in the community after arrest or conviction.
• We oppose any increase in sentencing or removal of judicial discretion and instead support practices that allow for individual consideration.
• We especially challenge incarceration for those with substance-use disorders or serious mental health problems.