Decarcerate Illinois

We call on lawmakers to end our reliance on incarceration, reduce the need for such a crippling corrections budget and improve public safety. We support Illinois prison closures and support efforts to swiftly reduce Illinois' record-high prison population. Illinois must instead invest in prison alternatives, community-based services and support for people after incarceration.

From commitment to action! Please oppose bills that increase incarceration and support bills that help people stay out of prison.

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About Us

We are organizations and individuals who applaud the closure of Tamms, Dwight, IYC Murphysboro and IYC Joliet. We urge elected officials to support the governor in reducing the prison population and decreasing the state’s expensive and ineffective reliance on incarceration. Instead, we must invest in the social and economic infrastructure that keeps people out of prison — and rebuild the communities most impacted by crime and incarceration.

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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.


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Tamms Year Ten

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Cabrini Green Legal Aid

Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy (ICDP)

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Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression