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 →

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 →

Testimony for the Nov 8 House/Senate Hearing on Parole, by Shari Stone-Mediatore

My name is Shari Stone-Mediatore. I was born in Chicago and grew up in Highland Park, Illinois.  And I am currently a Professor of Philosophy at Ohio Wesleyan University. I’ve taught philosophy to men and women convicted of violent crimes. I’ve also supported several men with life and de-facto life sentences in Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan in their efforts to pursue education, apply for scholarships, publish their writing, and participate in productive activities, such as art and essays contests. I’ve been amazed by these individuals and what I’ve learned from them. One thing I’ve learned is that there is no such …Read More →