Communities and Relatives of Illinois Incarcerated Children (CRIIC)
Families and loved ones know how isolating it can be to have someone you care about incarcerated, and navigating the Illinois Department of Corrections can be difficult. At CRIIC, we support each other and share our triumphs as well as the tough times. We are there when family and friends don’t know who to turn to. CRIIC works to offer possible solutions and suggestions when loved ones run into problems with visiting, commissary, and other issues.
From our Members
CRIIC connected me with other mothers that understood my struggles. I looked forward to seeing their faces each month. When times were tough I’d think of them and gain strength from what they had already made it through. CRIIC educated me on a topic each month so that I felt more empowered and not beat down by shame, embarrassment, and fear.
From our Members
Receiving love and support through tears on bad news and smiles on good news. Never losing hope, the CRIIC Family has been by my side.
Each year CRIIC members gather together to send Christmas cards and photos to their loved ones and many others inside. We know the holidays are difficult for those inside and their loved ones outside. Being together as a community and knowing you are not alone often helps.
We have an annual trip to Menard Correctional Center located in Chester, Illinois. We have hosted loved ones who would otherwise be unable to visit. We take a bus and stay over for 2 nights. Restore Justice has been able to find funding for this trip. COVID-19 put a stop to the trip but we are hopeful to be able to begin these visits again in late 2023.