How Can I Help Returning Citizens? Where Do I Start?

How Can I Help Returning Citizens? Where Do I Start?

 There are many ways that we can all help "returning citizens" who are being released from prisons and jails.    One example is that on release they will not have the basic necessities to travel as they try to get ...
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Welcome to Hospitality House, Chester, IL - Did You Know?

Welcome to Hospitality House, Chester, IL – Did You Know?

Yes, there is a Hospitality House in Chester, IL with a vision to provide lodging for families and friends when visiting the incarcerated at Menard Correctional Center, Chester Mental Health Facility, and Pinckneyville Correctional Center. The stress and heartache of ...
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Illinois Legislation seeks to limit use of solitary confinement (March, 2016)

Illinois Legislation seeks to limit use of solitary confinement (March, 2016)

Brian Nelson's years of solitary confinement in the now-shuttered maximum security prison Tamms Correctional  Center (Tamms, Illinois) left him terrified of other people, hallucinations, increased anxiety, weight loss, heart  palpitations, sleep problems, and severe and chronic depression. Nelson was confined ...
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Gov. Rauner is right on Illinois prisons: They are broken!

Gov. Rauner is right on Illinois prisons: They are broken!

Gov. Bruce Rauner has explained that "we haven't properly staffed and invested in our correction systems, and we  imprison too many non-violent offenders while failing to provide them with ways to get back into society and become  productive citizens." The ...
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Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform - Final Report: Part 1

Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform – Final Report: Part 1

In February 2015, Governor Bruce Rauner created the Illinois Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing  Reform to make recommendations for amendments to state law that will reduce the state's current prison  population by 25% by 2025. The Commission completed Part ...
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