Death-By-Incarceration, Written By Joseph Dole

The State of Illinois, like too many states in our union, is experiencing an unacknowledged and little-known humanitarian crisis where thousands of people are over-sentenced to death-by-incarceration (DBI).

These DBI sentences destroy thousands of people’s lives for no legitimate penological purpose, are a historical anomaly in Illinois and around the world, and are completely unnecessary for public safety.


Joseph Dole is an Incarcerated Writer & Board Member of Parole Illinois

Virtual Panel

On Friday, April 9, 2021, Parole Illinois hosted this virtual panel at Knox College.

The panel included people formerly incarcerated, family members, and loved ones who spoke about the need to return to a system of fair parole in Illinois, which in 1978 was abolished.

“Parole is a mechanism of review that restores humanity to the coldness of the judicial process” said Pablo Mendoza, lead organizer with Parole Illinois.


Virginia’s Move To End Capital Punishment Has A Major Flaw

Any day now, with Governor Ralph Northam’s signature, Virginia will eliminate the death penalty.

The news is cause for celebration. Since 1976, Virginia has executed more people than any other state except Texas. Now, Virginia joins a growing wave of states that have rejected this punishment and chosen to make our criminal justice system more humane, equitable and fair.

But the movement to end capital punishment also has a major flaw. It pushes for another form of in-prison death: life without the possibility of parole. Commonly referred to as LWOP, this sentence is frequently touted as a humane alternative to the death penalty. But LWOP is also deeply problematic and riddled with many of the exact same problems as the death penalty.

In the end, sentenced people are still condemned to die in prison, but LWOP sentences receive far less scrutiny by our justice system than death sentences.


Two Cop-Killers Freed By Illinois Parole Board After Decades In Prison

Foxx will no longer make recommendations to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board on parole.

Foxx called the practice a “relic” of the past and said prosecutors are experts on the facts of the crimes but not on inmates’ conduct in prison — ending a decades-long practice by her office of offering opinions on parole requests.