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In all my years dealing with prisoners and formerly incarcerated persons, the lack of treatment for prisoners with mental health challenges in Illinois prisons has been continuously disturbing. People often enter the prison with such challenges (like depression); serve their sentences with their condition "under the radar," and leave prison in worse condition that when they entered. Until recently, the Illinois prison system had no measurable mental health treatment program. Now, under the leadership of the ever vigilant Uptown People's Law Center, the problem has been put on the table and critical steps taken to solve it.
In October, 2015, Jim Chapman, for the Changing Minds Campaign, gave a dramatic presentation of “A System at Odds with Itself” at the Unitarian Universal Fellowship in Carbondale, Illinois, to an audience of about 60 persons.
The People’s Commission
Our goal is to create a corrections system that returns Illinois prisoners to society as useful citizens.
Do you believe people deserve a second chance?
You can do something today to make sure hundreds – maybe thousands – of Illinois inmates get a second chance.
The United States now has more people in prison than did the former Soviet Union at the height of its power. Call it mass incarceration, call it the New Jim Crow; whatever you call it, know that you can help end it.
Here in Illinois, between laws passed in the late-1970s and the mid-1990s, we effectively eliminated the possibility of parole for most people receiving long-term sentences.
We are considered are a “determinate sentencing” state, which means for many classes of crime no “time off for good behavior”. No second chances. Not even for children sentenced in adult court.
That is why Restore Justice Illinois is launching the Campaign to Bring Back Second Chances.
We want every Illinois legislator to sign-on to House Resolution 509, a bi-partisan effort to make it clear to all state policy-makers that Illinois is ready bring back second chances.Use this simple online system to write your legislator today!