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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Apr 12, 2014 | by admin

‚ąö CHECK. WE DID THIS! HB4538 provides for meaningful review of the decision to try a child as an adult

HB4538 restores individualized sentencing for youth by providing children with individualized court hearings to determine whether they should be tried as adults.

Right now Illinois is one¬†of just 14 states with no ability for individual review of the decision to try a minor as an adult. Children are different than adults, and that must be taken into account when holding them accountable. The¬†American Psychiatric Association “opposes¬†statutes which permit or require juvenile suspects to be transferred or waived into adult court without judicial review‚ÄĚ for that reason. Moreover, denying a meaningul hearing is discriminatory: minority youth are overwhelmingly represented in the automatic transfer of youth to adult court.

HB4538 allows a child’s age, alleged degree of participation in an offense, and individual circumstances to be taken into consideration in making that decision. This is a humane, common sense reform that should be implemented right away.

Ask your representatives to vote YES on HB4538!