Our main focus areas
We center our reform efforts on three primary issue areas: sentencing, prison conditions and practices, and pathways to release. We focus on multiple issues in each of these areas.
In Illinois, long base sentences, penalty enhancements, and a lack of early release opportunities lead to extremely long prison terms. Restore Justice works to eliminate mandatory minimums, roll back firearm enhancements, and give judges more discretion.
Prison conditions and practices
The human, social, and economic costs of our current prison system are intolerable. We support efforts to move Illinois corrections towards a model that values rehabilitation over punishment.
Pathways to release
In the 1970s and 1990s, Illinois restricted early release opportunities for most incarcerated people. Today, many people who enter prison in Illinois have few meaningful ways to work toward their release. We are working to change that.