Pathways to Release
There are few meaningful pathways to release for people who enter prison in Illinois. We are trying to change that.
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PRISON CONDITIONS AND PRACTICES
The human, social, and economic costs of our current prison system are intolerable. Restore Justice supports efforts to move Illinois corrections towards a model that values rehabilitation over punishment. This includes making healthcare more available for people who are incarcerated, increasing opportunities to participate in programs and education, allowing family and friends to visit their loved ones who are incarcerated more often, and reducing the use of solitary confinement as a punitive measure.
In Illinois, a number of sentencing laws converge to create a system that consistently applies extremely long prison terms. While touted as a strategy to make our justice system more fair and effective, research shows that policies like these lead to little to no reduction in crime, while contributing heavily to overcrowded prisons. Restore Justice supports policies that would eliminate or reduce mandatory minimums, roll back firearm enhancements, and otherwise change the laws that rigidly increase sentence lengths or restrict judges from applying appropriate sentences.