William Peeples, written by Kimberly Fontanelle

Being raised by a mother with mental health issues and no support and a stepfather that was an alcoholic, became a quadriplegic and was no longer in his life, my brother became a product of his environment and got connected with the wrong people as well as drugs and alcohol, as addiction runs in our family on all sides. He had to become hard to protect himself as well as me. We had to survive mental, physical and sexual abuse at the hands of our Mother as well as whatever man she was with at the time. We had to …Read More →

Ignacio Alvarez, written by Nancy Alvarez

My brother was wrongfully convicted back in 2001. He was coerced by the detectives into testifying that he was at the place of the crime. At 22 years old he fell for their scare tactics used to get a false testimony, saying that something would happen to his girlfriend and unborn child. The lawyer that was paid to defend him also lied to him and failed to do his job. He has done great things despite being locked up. Ignacio is employed, has been taking college courses and is working towards a Master’s degree. At the moment he has a …Read More →

Miguel Morales, by Miguel Morales

First and foremost, I appreciate you taking the time out to stop and read through some of these postings. I’m writing you this in search for understanding and support on an important issue that we’re up against behind these walls. The muzzle has been put on us (prisoners) for far too long now. We’ve always been made to feel like we’re simply stuck and can’t do anything to change the way we’re being treated back here because of stigmas made against us, lifestyles we were living, choices made when we were younger, and because it works so much better for …Read More →

Debate Team Letter to Gov. Rauner

May 17, 2018 Open Letter to Governer Rauner from the Stateville Debate Team Dear Governer Rauner, We, the Stateville Debate Team, write this letter to implore you to reverse Assistant Director Gladyse Taylor’s (and thus the IDOC’s) unjustified decision to terminate the Stateville Debate Team and class, and reverse the unjustified ban of our teacher, Katrina Burlet, from Stateville Correctional Center and other IDOC facilities. –Who We Are – We are human beings whom society has demonized, dehumanized, discounted, and warehoused for decades in Illinois prisons. In the face of that, though, we each believed in, and worked to rehabilitate, …Read More →

Essay on Parole and Artwork by Miguel Morales

First and foremost, I appreciate you taking the time out to stop and read through some of these postings. I’m writing you this in search for understanding and support on an important issue that we’re up against behind these walls. The muzzle has been put on us (prisoners) for far too long now. We’ve always been made to feel like we’re simply stuck and can’t do anything to change the way we’re being treated back here because of stigmas made against us, lifestyles we were living, choices made when we were younger, and because it works, so much better for …Read More →

Parole Illinois Position Statement

Illinois. Does. Not. Have. A. Parole. System PAROLE ILLINOIS: WHY WE NEED FAIR AND INCLUSIVE PAROLE Our loved ones – our sons, daughters, husbands, fathers, mothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, cousins, grandchildren, grandparents, and friends – are locked up in Illinois, and without our help, they will die in prison. Victims of crime, convicted people, and their families all suffer when people are locked up for years beyond the needs of public safety. Nearly every other state has some type of mechanism to release long-term incarcerated individuals who no longer pose a threat to public safety. Illinois does not. Parole Illinois …Read More →

Rally for Fair Parole!

Join us for a rally for fair parole in Springfield on March 26! Share with legislators the story of your loved one who deserves parole! See flyer for details. Parole mar rally flyer