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 HB4538 by Monday March 24 3:00 PM

Mar 3, 2014 | by admin

√ CHECK. WE DID THIS! HB4538 restores individualized sentencing for minors

Currently Illinois is one of just 14 states with no ability for individual review of the decision to try a minor as an adult. HB4538 provides individualized court hearings to determine whether minors should be tried as adults. HB4538 allows a child’s age, alleged degree of participation in an offense, and other individual circumstances to be taken into consideration in making that decision. Follow these easy steps to submit a witness slip as a proponent of HB4538 by 3:00 p.m. Monday March 24:

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!