Decarcerate Illinois

We call on Illinois lawmakers to take a realistic view of what community safety means and how to achieve it. Our current systems have been failing individuals, families, and communities for generations. The needs of survivors are not being met and the current system disrespects and harms accused and convicted people, making them and their families unsafe. We can no longer condone the harms of our current laws and allow them to continue to separate families and perpetuate harm for generations. Let's act!

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.


Fast Action! OPPOSE SB3383 - witness slips needed by Thursday March 20 at 9:00

Mar 19, 2014 | by admin

√ CHECK. WE DID THIS! Oppose SB3383: implements overly punitive measures against people convicted of sex offenses.

SB3383 imposes even more stringent requirements on those convicted/adjudicated for sex offenses (including misdemeanor offenses). SB3383 also adds offenses (including misdemeanor sex offenses), lengthens the amount of time juvenile and adult sex offenders have to register, and expands current juvenile registration requirements to treat juveniles like adults, contravening a growing body of research that shows registry of youth does not enhance public safety; it may actually harm victims of sexual abuse and increase risks for future offending.  We need to stand strong against such unnecessarily punitive measures. Tell your representatives you are an OPPONENT of SB3383 with your witness slip:

1. Click here

2. Fill out your name, address, and phone number.  For “Firm/Business or Agency” put “none.”

3. In Section II, you can put the name of any organization you represent or Decarcerate Illinois or just “none.”

4. Select “Opponent”

5. Select “Record of Appearance Only”

6. Enter the number it shows in the box and agree to the terms and click “Create(Slip).” Thank you!