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.


OPPOSE HB2265/SB1003: Mandatory Minimums Destroy Lives and Do Not Make Us Safer

Mar 13, 2013 | by admin

√ CHECK. WE DID THIS! But we will continue to update you on this bill! Tell your legislators to oppose HB2265/SB1003 which would increase the mandatory minimum for weapon-related offenses. Do not let legislators pretend to address the problem of gun violence by sweeping more young people in prison. HB2265/SB1003 would spike the prison population by 4000 and cost $974 million in just ten years, for no public safety gain.

These bills are on their way to the House and Senate floor. Your immediate action is needed. This link makes it so easy-

HB2265/SB1003 will spike the prison population by nearly 4,000 in the next decade, for no public safety gain. This alone will require $974 million more in prison funding. These are catastrophic costs. Do not let legislators pretend to address the problem of gun violence by sweeping more young people in prison. Instead, we must invest in proven methods of violence prevention.

Mandatory minimums destroy lives, cost millions and do not improve public safety!
OPPOSE HB2265/SB1003 by speaking out NOW before it is too late

The same neighborhoods most impacted by gun violence are also devastated by mass incarceration. The proposed law will make things worse for communities already decimated by poverty, foreclosures, poor schools and drug addiction. We can’t incarcerate ourselves into safety. We can only make our communities safer by investing in jobs, drug treatment, schools, physical and mental health, and providing wrap-around programs and support both for victims of crime, and people returning for prisons.