Statement On Behalf Of Parole Illinois, On This Day Of Mourning…

“Parole Illinois stands in solidarity with all who are facing ongoing brutality of state-sanctioned violence and all who are using their voice and taking action to defend Black lives. As our incarcerated leaders of Parole Illinois remind us, we are only as safe as the most vulnerable among us: Just as Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck, our prison system has its knee on the necks of thousands who are facing death by incarceration.  Just as officers stood there and did nothing as they watched another corrupt officer kill someone, many of our officials are disregarding our humanity as they watch rehabilitated men die in prison under the yoke of oppressively harsh sentence schemes.  We add our voices to those who call for an end to racist state violence and more resources toward healing our families and communities.”