Important breakthrough for mental health treatment for prisoners

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.

February 21st, 2016|News, Articles & Essays|0 Comments

Join us Jan. 16 from 3-5PM for the Prison and Neighborhood Arts Project [PNAP] “Weight of Rage” Exhibition Opening Event

In this day of state budget imbalances (and lack of a budget, as in Illinois), the Illinois prison system, already  dysfunctional, suffers more-especially the lack of meaningful programs for prisoners.  To help solve this problem, some private persons and organizations have assumed responsibility for the obligations that are really the State’s–at their own expense, […]

December 14th, 2015|News, Articles & Essays|0 Comments

The Illinois Dept. of Corrections–A System at Odds with Itself.

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.

November 23rd, 2015|A System At Odds With Itself, Featured, News, Articles & Essays|0 Comments

Police Leaders Join Call to Cut Prison Rosters

From The New York Times, Oct. 20, 2015 –

More than 130 police chiefs, prosecutors and sheriffs — including some of the most prominent law enforcement officials in the country — are adding their clout to the movement to reduce the nation’s incarceration rate.

Asserting that “too many people are behind bars that don’t belong […]

October 21st, 2015|Featured, News, Articles & Essays|0 Comments