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.


Urgent! OPPOSE HB4775, because all students deserve an education. Witness slip

Apr 26, 2014 | by admin


√ CHECK. WE DID THIS!  HB4775 makes it easier for schools to suspend and expel students. HB4775 authorizes schools to suspend or expel a student convicted of a violent felony. HB4775 also allows a superintendent to immediately transfer a student who has only been charged with a violent felony to another attendance center or alternative school.

There are many reasons why a juvenile could face a violent felony charge or conviction, but none of them justify preventing that child from getting an education.  We need children to be in the classroom in order to have hope for the future.  HB4775 is a step in the wrong direction.

Make your voice heard! Tell the Senate Education Committee that you are an OPPONENT of HB4775with your witness slip:

1. Click here

2. Fill out your name, address, and phone number.  Fill out your “Firm/Business or Agency” if you wish OR write “none.”

3. In Section II, you can write “self” OR the name of any organization that you represent.

4. Select “Opponent

5. Select “Record of Appearance Only”

6. Enter the number it shows in the box, agree to the terms, and click “Create(Slip).”  Thank you!
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