There are many ways to come to prison.
You could have been raised in a segregated high-rise ghetto, removed from mainstream society and cut off from participation in the legal economy. Or you could just have been born black.
If you inhabit a black body, you’re nearly six times more likely than whites to be imprisoned, and if you reside in a brown body, you’re three times more likely to be imprisoned.
Covid-19 came to Stateville, undetected, in the bodies of the prison guards who have direct custody of us.
Prisons are long-term care facilities, but without the actual care. Just over four decades ago, Illinois fell in line behind a national trend to abandon the goal of rehabilitation in favor of punitive sentencing practices.
These practices lay the foundation of today’s overcrowded prisons that have not spared the elderly prisoner population bearing the brunt of Covid-19.
Our group is supporting a bill in the Illinois legislature, SB3233: Earned Discretionary Release.
Raul Dorado Is An Incarcerated Writer & Co-Founder Of Parole Illinois