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.

From commitment to action! Please oppose bills that increase incarceration and support bills that help people stay out of prison.

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New Special Report on Prosecuting Children in Adult Courts
The Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI) just released a Special Report on the Automatic Adult Prosecution of Children in Cook County. Get it here! Here is JJI's new Special Report detai...
Free Public Forum on the State of Jail Reform in America
Who:  Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the John Howard Association, Illinois Academy of Criminology, and Loyola University's Center for the Advancement of Research, Training and Education (CARTE) What:  American Jails: The Final...
Design and Violence: Thomson Correctional Center
Check out this post by Raphael Sperry, president of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, on the violence inherent in the design of Thomson Correctional Center See it here: ...
Stop Mass Incarceration Network’s Emergency Call to End Torture in U.S. Prisons
No New Mandatory Minimums
“Mandatory Minimums” refer to sentences for particular crimes that judges cannot revise regardless of the culpability or circumstances of the offender. Photo credit: Overpass Light Brigade ...
Expungement Summit open to the public on June 7, 2014
Advance notice of an expungement summit for both juveniles and adults. The 2014 Adult and Juvenile Full Service Expungement Summit, presented by the Office of Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, will be be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Living Word Christian Center, 76...
National Forum on Police Crimes in Chicago May 16 - 17, 2014
From the Chicago Alliance Against Racial and Political Repression: We ask that all our sisters and brothers in the various strands of the people’s movement join together, May 16-17, 2014 in having this historic National Forum on Police Crimes. This forum will build a multi-racial, multi-national, ...
Schweitzer Symposium: Mass Incarceration as a Public Health Issue
The Schweitzer Symposium: Mass Incarceration as a Public Health Issue will take place on October 28, 2013, at 6:00pm. A diverse panel of experts will discuss inequities that place various populations at higher risk for incarceration, as well as the health inequities experienced by those within the p...
Project I-11 Campaign Launch Party
Support the "Elder Bill" More info & RSVP here From Project I-11: You are cordially invited to the launch party of the campaign for HB 3668. We will also celebrating the ...
Chicago Tribune: Quinn Made Right Call on Closing State Facilities, Rauner’s Wrong
Governor Quinn made tough choices about closing facilities -- like prisons From the Chicago Tribune: Editorial: Who is the Compassionate Conservative here?
Case Update: Homeless Man on the Registry Fights His Incarceration
Post by Attorney Jean Maclean Snyder When sex offenders are released from prison, they face the intimidating task of complying with the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA). Now a federal trial court judge has issued a decision that offers hope for one of the difficulties with r...