Illinois has no system of discretionary parole for adults whose convictions occurred after 1978.* If no action is taken, over 5,000 men and women will die in prison.
Parole Illinois aims to raise awareness about over-incarceration in our state, bring incarcerated voices into prison-policy discussions, and research and advocate for policies–including a fair and inclusive system of Earned Discretionary Release–that give every incarcerated Illinioisan a fair chance to return home and successfully reintegrate into their community.
*Recently, HB531 has restored parole prospectively for people who are 20 or younger when the crime for which they are charged occurred (and whose crime does not fall under one of the excluded categories). However, Illinois still has no system of parole for adults whose conviction occurred after 1978. Our aim is for a system of discretionary parole that would allow all incarcerated individuals, after a reasonable period of incarceration, an opportunity to prove to a parole board their readiness to rejoin society.
(Mandatory Supervised Release (MSR) is sometimes referred to as “parole.” However, MSR is simply an additional punishment that someone serves following–and on top of–their completed prison sentence.)
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