YOU’RE INVITED & NEEDED: Hope To See You There

Join us for a public hearing on the current conditions that incarcerated people are facing under the COVID-19 pandemic and how communities inside and out are building up the practices and institutions that support healthy and self-determined communities during COVID-19.

And beyond.

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GEORGE FLOYD LOCKDOWN: Federal Bureau Of Prisons Locks Down Prisoners

After protests broke out in response to George Floyd’s death, the agency ordered the first nationwide lockdown in 25 years.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons ordered prisoners confined to cells and stripped of outside communications.

“You’re kind of confirming why we’re in the situation we’re in as a country, where the rage has erupted because people are sick of the oppression, particularly against minorities. Cops were comfortable with the actions they were taking against George Floyd with someone filming so closely.”

“Just imagine what goes on inside prisons.”

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SIGN THE PETITION: PLEASE & THANK YOU

The COVID-19 crisis in U.S. prisons has shone a light on the horrific conditions and overcrowding that have turned many prisons into death traps.

But it is only a reminder of the fate of many people incarcerated in Illinois who face death-by-incarceration every year, due to decades of extreme and inhumane sentencing policies.

Victims of crime, convicted people, and their loved ones all suffer when people are locked up for years beyond the needs of public safety. Nearly every other state has mechanisms to release long-term incarcerated individuals who are ready to rejoin society. Illinois does not.

If nothing changes, over 5,000 Illinoisans will be required to grow old and die in prison.

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JOIN US. PLEASE AND THANK YOU.

The COVID-19 crisis in U.S. prisons has shone a light on the horrific conditions and overcrowding that have turned many prisons into death traps.

But it is only a reminder of the fate of many people incarcerated in Illinois who face death by incarceration every year, due to decades of extreme sentencing policies.

Join us for a discussion of the current conditions that incarcerated people are enduring under the COVID-19 pandemic and how communities inside and outside are building up the resources, practices, and institutions that support healthy and self-determined communities during COVID-19 and beyond.

Our People’s Tribunal on May 21st will uplift calls for life-saving measures to address the needs of prisoners and loved ones during the pandemic – and long term visions of abolishing death by incarceration and building healthy, safe, and vibrant communities.

We will be joined by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated organizers; their family members; leading thinkers about criminalization; elected officials; and advocates who care deeply about rethinking punishment and criminalization in the state of Illinois.

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