Illinois Coalition Joins National Effort to Improve Pretrial Justice

LOMBARD, Ill. — Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman, State Representative Carol Ammons, Administrative Office of Illinois Courts Director Mike Tardy and Cherise Fanno Burdeen, CEO of the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI), today announced that Illinois is joining 3DaysCount™, a national campaign to make pretrial justice safer, fairer, and more effective. The campaign will focus on examining pretrial justice laws and court rules—the crucial structures that support good criminal justice policies from the point of arrest to when cases are resolved. Illinois is the second jurisdiction to announce its participation in 3DaysCount, which will support state-level partnerships aimed at improved public safety and better outcomes.

“It’s time we implement a smart on crime mindset,” says Rep. Ammons. “Illinois simply cannot afford to continue indiscriminately locking people up and we have a moral obligation to treat our fellow community members with humanity and fairness—especially when doing so makes us all safer. The current money bail system fails in all of these areas.”

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ILBCF to host Criminal Justice symposium in Metro East

Alorton – According to the NAACP, African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population while only accounting for 13 percent of the population. The numbers are indicative of the need for change. The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation (ILBCF) is hosting a Criminal Justice Symposium to explore different initiatives that have been suggested and implemented, and search for solutions to end the inequality.

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Collins hails signing of measure allowing parolees to worship, do community service together

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) is pleased to announce the governor has signed her legislation ending Illinois’ practice of discouraging parolees from worshipping, doing community service and participating in mentorship programs together.

“Freedom of association in positive settings can facilitate a smooth reentry into society and help those on parole obtain the help and resources they need to succeed outside the prison walls,” Collins said. “When parolees mentor and encourage each other, engage in job training together, worship or volunteer together, they can build up their peers and their communities.”

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Ammons Forum Highlights Criminal Justice Reform

rep ammonsCHAMPAIGN, Ill. – With instances of police misconduct bringing more scrutiny to the administration of police forces not only across the state, but across the nation, state Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Champaign, hosted a community discussion on criminal justice reform on Thursday.


“The goal is to keep being proactive in modernizing how we administrate our criminal justice system.” Ammons said. “These changes are the most important in creating positive relationships between our officers and our communities.”


The Chairman of the House Judiciary- Criminal Committee, state Rep. Elgie Sims, Jr., D-Chicago, and the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois, Jim Lewis, joined Ammons to host the interactive forum. On Thursday evening, over 60 community members, including representatives from local law enforcement agencies, filled the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center and were greeted with updates from their state legislators on current reforms on Illinois’ criminal justice system and asked for input on future police reform legislation.

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