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.


Support HB2401: Create Alternatives to Incarceration

Apr 30, 2013 | by admin

√ CHECK. WE DID THIS! HB2401 would allow Cook County to safely reduce the number of youth being incarcerated by providing youth with cost-effective interventions and resources within their community. HB2401 allows Cook to implement Redeploy Illinois is targeted areas of the county. HB2401 passed the House and needs your support in the Senate. Contact your state senator and ask them to VOTE YES for HB2401.

Please contact your Senator immediately at this easy link: Please vote YES for HB2401.

The Juvenile Redeploy Illinois program has demonstrated success in 28 counties. For every dollar invested in Redeploy Illinois last year, the state saw a return on investment of $9.06. Redeploy Illinois delivers good outcomes because youth are served in their communities. Cook County does not yet participate in Redeploy Illinois, but recently began the required planning process for implementation.

Currently, Illinois statute would require Cook County to implement Redeploy Illinois county-wide, which would be more costly to the state than starting in a targeted area. HB2401 would allow implementation in a subsection of the county, which is less costly and more focused than currently prescribed by statute. This bill does not require Cook County to participate in Redeploy Illinois but allows for a more targeted and less expensive implementation if the county decides to proceed with the program.