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The United States has far more people in prison and in jail than public safety requires. This damages the lives of those who are incarcerated, their families, and their communities. It also contributes to a cycle of crime and punishment and diverts resources from more constructive uses. We have much work to do to achieve a fair and effective criminal justice system.

The resource materials located on the various menu pages above include materials from the resource binder distributed at programs on Confronting the Moral Crisis of Mass Incarceration that St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church in Chicago hosted in the Winter of 2018 in order to promote greater understanding of the criminal justice system and to begin to provide tools for individuals and organizations to get involved in promoting radical change. Leading experts spoke to the full range of complex issues that we need to address in order to rethink and change the laws and practices that have resulted in too many men and women—most of them people of color—being imprisoned or jailed.

Videos of each of those two-hour programs are available on this homepage.

Contacting Illinois Governor Rauner

Contacting Governor Rauner and Illinois Senators Regarding Legislation Protecting Voting Rights of Prisoners and Those Released from Jail or Prison

Illinois State Senate for Illinois House Bill #4469 would require:

  1. that the County Jails in Illinois insure that those held in jail can cast their ballots in Illinois elections, and
  2. that the Illinois Department of Corrections and the County Jails in Illinois provide a voter registration application to all citizens released from their custody.

Governor Rauner needs to hear from you about HB #4469. Call: 217-782-0244 or 312-814-2121 or see:

https://www2.illinois.gov/gov/contactus/Pages/default.aspx

It is also important that your State Senator get a call from you about HB #4469.  Contact information for calling or writing your Illinois State Senator may be found here: http://ima-net.org/senate-contacts/

A fact sheet with more information is available here and for more information contact: Jen Dean Jen@ChicagoVotes.com
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