Illinois

How You Can Advocate for Sentencing Reform in Your State

You can do several things to work toward reforming your state’s sentencing laws – go to our get involved page to find out how.

Encourage your state lawmakers to support mandatory minimum sentencing reform. Be sure to connect with FAMM and other sentencing reformers on Facebook, Twitter, and by signing up for our email list.

Sentencing/Criminal Justice Reform Groups in this State:


May 24, 2016

Ninety-Two Percent of Illinoisans Support Criminal Justice Reform

(IllinoisPolicy.org) — A vast majority of Illinois voters support criminal-justice reform, according to a new poll conducted by the U.S. Justice Action Network. According to the poll, “92 percent of Illinois voters – including 92 percent of Democrats, 96 percent of Republicans and 93 percent of Independents – favor reducing prison time for individuals convicted… Read more »


March 3, 2016

Governor Rauner, Bipartisan Commission Announces Justice Reform Package

(Reboot Illinois) — Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers from both side of the aisle on Wednesday hailed a criminal justice reform package as an important first step to fixing the state’s broken system. The package includes three bipartisan bills that address several of the 14 recommendations proposed by the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform, which Rauner established last… Read more »


December 9, 2015

Prison Reform Panel Gets Three-Month Reprieve

(Northern Public Radio) — The aspects of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “Turnaround Agenda” that have gotten the most attention this year have to do with his push to undermine labor unions that represent people who work for the government. The unwillingness of Democrats in the legislature to consider those ideas has also meant little progress on… Read more »


September 3, 2015

Early Prisoner Release Saved Illinois $11 Million Since 2013

(Illinois Times) — Illinois’ early prisoner release program saved the state more than $11 million in the past two years, according to data from the Illinois Department of Corrections. These savings come as a state panel works to reduce Illinois’ prison costs by reforming the correctional system.  During the state’s 2015 fiscal year, which ended… Read more »