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Establish a System of Earned Release for Illinois Prisoners

737 Signatures Goal: 1,000

We, Illinois voters, urge the General Assembly to enact legislation to establish a system of earned release for determinately sentenced prisoners. Such a system would allow some prisoners to earn their way out of prison, after a specified number of years or after reaching a specified age, through successful completion of programs requiring education, job training, restorative justice, socialization, demonstration of remorse, and an official finding that she/he is no longer a threat to public safety. We believe that people, including some prisoners, can and do change and that warehousing prisoners, as is currently happening in Illinois, is inconsistent with democratic values and a moral culture. The Illinois Constitution (Article 1, Section 11), states, \"All sentences shall be determined both according to the seriousness of the offense and with the objective of restoring the offender to useful citizenship.\" We recognize the pain and suffering of crime victims and their family members. We believe that a system of earned release would enable Illinois to respect its own constitutional requirements, demonstrate Illinois\' capacity for mercy and substantially reduce prison expenditures, and enlist the support of many victims and family members. We believe that the current system, under which at least 5,000 prisoners have sentences that will assure their dying in prison, is dangerous to both staff and prisoners because there are no incentives and no opportunities for changing criminal behavior. We believe that an earned release system would not only be safer for staff and prisoners, but would protect society by insuring that prisoners who are unable to earn their release will remain incarcerated indefinitely

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Links

http://www.ilcer.org Illinois #1 website for Illinois Prison Issues: www.illinoisprisontalk.com Please sign petition for Illinois Campaign for Telephone Justice at: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/IllinoisTelephoneJustice/ To learn more about Illinois Campaign for Telephone Justice, please visit: http://www.illinoistelephonejustice.com/
  • Karen pittman
    Karen pittman United States
    Jun 27, 2015
    Jun 27, 2015
    prisons are overpopulated and by getting rid of this truth in sentencing act that would allowoffenders that have served a lengthy amount of time to leave and to go back to a productive life.everyone deserves a second chance thank you sincerely Karen Pittman
  • Jeanette M Handling
    Jeanette M Handling United States, Jacksonville
    May 24, 2015
    May 24, 2015
    It's time for the state legislature to support rehibilitation of prisoners rather than just revenge.
  • Diana C. Warren
    Diana C. Warren United States, Chicago
    Nov 13, 2014
    Nov 13, 2014
    Dear Congressmen,

    Please consider this petition to better the lives of prisoners, better the lives of their family who will benefit from their education, job training and earned release and save taxpayers money by housing one less prisoner and getting one more productive citizen and fellow taxpayer. Thank you.
  • Diana C. Warren
    Nov 13, 2014
    Nov 13, 2014
    Dear Congressmen,

    Please consider this petition to better the lives of prisoners, better the lives of their family who will benefit from their education, job training and earned release and save taxpayers money by housing one less prisoner and getting one more productive citizen and fellow taxpayer. Thank you.
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    Karen pittman United States
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    Jeanette M Handling United States
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    Nona Frazier
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    Kathy Gaultney
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    Holly Sider Smith
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    LaVern Mitchell
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    Peter Kuttner
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    Diana C. Warren
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    Amy Roth
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    Michael Scott
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