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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First steps taken in state’s criminal justice overhaul
Gov. Bruce Rauner joined with lawmakers on March 2 to introduce three bills meant to begin reforms to the state’s criminal-justice system.
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New Special Report on Prosecuting Children in Adult Courts
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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
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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
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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
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