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: Senate Floor Vote SB1659 (Tax Credits to Hire People with Records)

Mar 11, 2013 | by admin

√ CHECK. WE DID THIS AND IT WON THE SENATE BY A LANDSLIDE. Contact your legislators to support SB1659 by Weds, March 12. Easy link provided!

√ CHECK. WE DID THIS AND IT WON THE SENATE BY A LANDSLIDE. HOWEVER, THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH VOTES IN THE HOUSE. PLEASE TAKE FOLLOW-UP ACTION!

Please act now! The vote will likely be Wednesday, March 12. Contact your legislators at this fast and easy link:
http://tinyurl.com/SB1659YES

About 3.8 million adults in Illinois have a criminal record, and therefore a lifetime barrier to steady employment. This bill will give employers a strong incentive to hire people with records.

Jobs strengthen families, build safer communities and allow people to become taxpayers. There is no better way to reduce the chance of a future incarceration than giving someone the opportunity to become stable and self-sufficient.

We must encourage employers to give people the chance to turn their lives around and reward those who do so. It is a great investment for everyone.

Thank you so much Senator Patricia Van Pelt and Representative Art Turner Jr.

http://tinyurl.com/SB1659YES

Please spread the word. Ask people throughout Illinois to get their legislators to vote YES.