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.


HELP GET SB1659 Through the House: Tax credits to Hire People with Records

Mar 18, 2013 | by admin

√ CHECK. THIS BILL PASSED AND IT IS AN AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENT! But wSB1659 passed the Senate but we need a lot of pressure in the House. Please act now to encourage employers to give people the chance to turn their lives around and to reward those who do.

Please act now! Contact your state representatives at this fast and easy link:

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.

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

NOTE: If you already used this link to contact your representatives, it will not allow you to do it again. But, PLEASE use the link to give their staff a quick phone call and ask them to support and co-sponsor the bill.

Thank you so much to bill sponsors Senator Patricia Van Pelt and Representative Art Turner Jr. Congratulations on the bipartisan landslide in the Senate. We must get this through the House which is more difficult!

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