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!

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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.