Re-Imagine Justice Illinois!

 

The Illinois justice system has grown increasingly punitive, leading to more prison admissions, longer sentences and skyrocketing spending. Half of Illinois' returning citizens recidivate, and 97% are set to be released into the most vulnerable and impoverished communities in the state

Since 1982, the number of incarcerated people in Illinois has more than tripled. Illinos' prisons operate at over 150% capacity, more than any other state. Justice system spendng has gone from $4 billion to over $8.5 billion a year. Half of the state's prison population is serving time for nonviolent offenses that commonly occur as a result of untreated trauma and unaddressed issues of poverty.

In response to Illinois' mass-incarceration crisis, Communities United, allies in the Right On Justice alliance, United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations, Target Area Development Corporation and others have launched "Re-Imagine Justice Illinois," a transformative statewide campaign to reprioritizes use of tax dollars in smarter, more compassionate and more effective ways.

With a few common sense reforms, Illinois can: (1) shift millions of dollars away from the incarceration of people with non-violent minor offenses, and (2) allocate millions of dollars towards programs that reduce and prevent crime by addressing its root causes and building healthier and safer communities. 

This model  is known as "Community Justice Reinvestment," and has been implemented in states throughout the country. 

With a few common sense reforms, Illinois can: (1) shift millions of dollars away from the incarceration of people with non-violent minor offenses, and (2) allocate millions of dollars towards programs that reduce and prevent crime by addressing its root causes and building healthier and safer communities. 

This model is known as "Community Justice Reinvestment," and has been implemented in states throughout the country. Reimagine Justice Illinois is working with state legislators to advance reforms that will: 

  • Change the felony threshold for theft from $300 to $2000 
  • reclassifying certain drug offenses from felony to misdemeanor 
  • and employing a racial equity approach to reducing prison population, as well as making investments in trauma-informed supports and alternatives to incarceration in communities.

Communities United and its partners are committed to advancing these efforts to reform the state's criminal justice system and generate millions of dollars for the state's most vulnerable communities. 

For more information about these efforts or to get involved, contact Evelin Rodriguez via email at e[email protected], or call Communities United at 773-583-1387.

A Look At the Data:

Illinois' Prison Population Has Grown by Over 330% Since 1978 

 

Fifty percent of Illinois' inmates are serving time for nonviolent offenses. This is costing Illinois residents billions of dollars.

Source: https://www.illinoispolicy.org/reports/making-illinois-smart-on-crime-fi...