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.
Our mission is to collect resources that can contribute to advocacy for a fair and effective system of parole in Illinois; to bring the voices of incarcerated individuals into discussions about parole in Illinois; and to help publicize and coordinate the activities of people inside and outside prison walls who are committed to bringing to Illinois an effective and non-discriminatory system of parole that addresses the goals of rehabilitation and respect for all human beings.
*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.)