Joseph Dole: Corrective Clemency

“Today it is increasingly recognized that mass incarceration is the civil rights issue of our era.”

“Today in Illinois we currently have thousands of people unnecessarily over-sentenced to death by incarceration.”

“Illinois has thus far failed to heed the canary’s true message and reform the state’s criminal legal system.”

“It’s time for Governor Pritzker to clear Illinois’ slow death row just as Governor Ryan cleared the state’s former death row.”

“It’s worth noting that by comparison a life sentence in Illinois used to provide parole eligibility after 11 years and 3 months.”

To hear The Canary’s True Message, listen to the full remarks made by Joseph Dole to Quinn Rallins at a Prison-Neighborhood Arts Project Think Tank at Stateville…CLICK.


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

Mission Statement

Parole Illinois aims to raise awareness about mass incarceration and extreme-sentencing policies in our state, bring incarcerated voices into prison-policy discussions, and research and advocate for policies that give every incarcerated person in the state  a fair chance to return home and successfully reintegrate into their community.

Art by Joseph Dole, Parole Illinois Board Member