Rehabilitation First, by Lester Dobbey

Good morning ladies and gentlemen, state representatives, PRB, IDOC officials, members of the community.  And to all of my fellow brothers and Professor Burlet, I greet you by saying, “peace be upon you.” Today, I stand before you all as a prisoner equipped and ready to present a question of great importance: If I rehabilitate myself with no official incentives, who shall be a witness to record the methods and progress of my rehabilitation within a maximum IDOC facility? PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that “true rehabilitation” under the Illinois State Constitution, article 1 Section 11 shall mean: “to restore to useful …Read More →

Joseph Dole

  By Cynthia Kobel for the Project 1-11 Campaign to Bring Back Parole in Illinois  “[Life without parole is] like trying to describe a broken heart or communicate what it feels like to mourn the death of a soul mate. The words to convey the pain do not exist. When you’re serving a life-without-parole sentence it’s as if you’re experiencing the broken heart of knowing you’ll never love or be loved again in any normal sense of the word, while simultaneously mourning the death of the man you could and should have been.” – Joseph Dole, The Meaning of Life …Read More →