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.

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Fast action! PROPONENT of HB3224 by Thursday March 20 8:30 AM

Mar 3, 2014 | by Nation_Inside_Team

√ CHECK. WE DID THIS! HB3224 eliminates the mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years of probation for minors convicted of forcible felonies.

The evidence is clear that mandatory minimums are counterproductive. HB3224 restores discretion to juvenile courts when sentencing minors convicted of forcible felonies to probation. Right now, all minors convicted of forcible felonies must be sentenced to 5 years of probation, regardless of their individual circumstances. HB3224 will allow judges to consider whether a sentence that long makes sense for each minor.

Follow these easy steps to submit a witness slip as a proponent of HB3224 by 8:30 a.m. Thursday March 20:

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 “Proponent”

5. Select “Record of Appearance Only”

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