Clemency Is Mercy

A movement to decarcerate jails and prisons in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic is growing across Illinois.

These letters follow and build on decarceration efforts previously launched by Network member organizations Black Lives Matter: BloNo, Bloomington-Normal Democratic Socialists of America, the Champaign County Bailout Coalition, Faith Coalition for the Common Good, and Chicago Community Bond Fund, demanding action in McLean, Champaign, Sangamon, and Cook counties.

Decarceration is a public health imperative. Maintaining incarceration in county jails puts not only the lives of people inside at risk, but threatens the health of entire communities.

This unprecedented crisis calls for unprecedented actions. The Illinois Network for Pretrial Justice is committed to fighting for the health and freedom of all Illinoisians.