Earned Re-Entry: Advocates Fight To Bring Back Parole In Illinois

Illinois is one of 16 states without parole or conditional freedom for prisoners. Democrats hope to reinstate the parole process next year, but it won’t be an easy task.

Over 5,000 people are serving life in prison in Illinois. The majority of those incarcerated are Black or Latino. Critics say this is due to Illinois leaders removing parole in 1978 as a supposed way to deter crime.

However, a proposal in Springfield could allow someone to go through the parole process if they’re 50 or older and have served at least 20 years in prison. If the plan becomes law, Illinois would eliminate the age limitation three years after the effective date

The movement to reinstate parole has gained more attention over the last year with support from Chance the Rapper and Common among others.