I was asked to write about a prisoner and about Parole in Illinois. But strange as it may be, before I expound on Parole, I felt more compelled to write about you… to write to you about you. Strange, I agree. But here goes… From the moment the cell doors slam on a person, I always imagine that what begins there, is some form of a count down: Count down for time to be released; count down to the time to die… or count down the time to get out. Get out. Get away. Go back home. There would be …Read More →
Parole was abolished in Illinois in 1978. Persons convicted of crimes before that date are still eligible for parole. Download the PDF to read some of the success stories. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your parole success story!
The main goal of any parole system should be to ensure that people aren’t kept incarcerated past the point that they cease posing a threat to society. This ensures both the safety of society and that limited resources are not wasted on over-incapacitation. Having incarcerated so many millions of our fellow citizens for so long, we now have reams of data showing who is most or least likely to commit a new crime if released from prison. Unfortunately, the facts are often drowned out by rhetoric and stigma. The facts are that: 1) people in prison for violent …Read More →
The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) maintains what is called a “master file” on every incarcerated individual under its control. Among other things, the master file contains a statement of facts about the crime he or she was convicted of, their sentence calculation (or mittimus) sheet, their disciplinary history, grievances they have filed, and much more. During clemency proceedings, the Prisoner Review Board has unfettered access to the master file of any incarcerated person seeking clemency. If a parole system were to be reinstated in Illinois, any parole board would most likely have unfettered access as well, just as they …Read More →