incarcerated neighbors

Incarcerated neighbors need our help.  Their plight impacts us all.  Our mandatory sentencing laws have created a mass incarceration system that cost each one of us about $260 a year.  We are paying $80 billion dollars to lock up significant numbers of non-violent offenders.  That does not include the cost of local jails which cycle…

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Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois signed legislation in July to help ex-offenders secure employment in the private sector and become productive members of society. The new law prevents criminal background checks until after an applicant is deemed qualified for a job.  “Everyone deserves a second chance when it comes to getting a job,” Governor Quinn said.…

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