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! PROPONENT of HB3668 by Tuesday March 25 at 9:30 a.m.

Mar 23, 2014 | by admin

√ CHECK. WE DID THIS! IT PASSED COMMITTEE! HB3668 allows elderly prisoners to receive sentence reductions

House Bill 3668 enables elderly prisoners (at least 50 years old) imprisoned for 25 or more consecutive years to petition for modification of their sentences by the Prisoner Review Board. Numerous national studies demonstrate that prisoners over 50 years of age who have served substantial sentences have virtually no recidivism rate for violent crimes and a negligible recidivism rate for violation of parole agency rules. HB3668 will make the prisons safer for both staff and inmates by providing an incentive for good behavior by inmates. HB3668 will also reduce overcrowding and save money. There is no social good in keeping elderly people who have demonstrated rehibilitation in prison at a cost to taxpayers of $70,000/year.

Tell your representatives you are a PROPONENT of HB3668 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 “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).” Thank you!