Why This Is Important

While most states are currently reducing their prison populations, Illinois has added more than 4,000 inmates to its prisons. The problem of prison overcrowding is rooted in decades of tough on crime legislation, the war on drugs, and harsh sentencing practices. These policies have drained Illinois of vital resources, while having only a minimal effect on the crime rate. Today IDOC is one of the state’s largest agencies, with a $1 billion budget.

Inmates are caged like animals, some 23-hours a day, families cannot afford to offer support or aid, many are functionally illiterate, re-entry programs fall flat or short and so many are unleashed into society, unprepared, ill-equipped and more dangerous than when they went in.

A Vigil for True Justice is a 30-day vigil (APRIL 1ST THROUGH APRIL 30TH) where inmates, family members, tax payers, citizens, victims’ family members and friends Stand STILL in a moratorium on spending for items that exploit mass incarceration such as Phone Calls by Consolidated and Vending Companies such as Ace Vending.

The Vigil is from: April 1st 2012 to April 30th 2012. By signing the petition, we ask that you PLEDGE participation to abstain from phone use and vending machine purchases at all prison-related vendors.

Administrators of the Vigil will subsequently support legislation for goals such as:

  • Better allocation of funds for effective family services and Restorative Justice for Victims’ Families
  • Meritorious Good Time – HB 3899
  • Alternative Sentencing
  • Electronic Home Monitoring
  • Step Down Programs for Re-Entry
  • Job Placement Programs for Ex-Offenders
  • Travel and Phone relief for Family Members
  • More reasonable communication pricing

Please let us all join together and send a message that we will not continue to fund a broken system. We want incarceration to work as intended by the constitution. To promote public safety and restore useful citizenship.