Commission seeks public input on safely reducing prison population

Posted: July 23, 2015 | Keywords: criminal justice, sentencing, reform, public hearing, commission, prison

The Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform seeks the input of advocates, policy specialists, service providers, people with criminal records, and members of the general public on its work to safely reduce the state’s prison population by 25 percent in 10 years.

The Commission will hold a special meeting dedicated to hearing from the public on Monday, July 27, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, 300 West Adams, Suite 200, in Chicago.

We invite public comment on the Commission’s interim report, as well as testimony on how Illinois can reduce recidivism, improve the state’s prison system, and strengthen criminal sentencing.

To ensure that the Commission can hear from as many people as possible, we ask that witnesses limit their testimony to seven minutes. We also welcome written testimony, which can be submitted at any time.

The Commission will hold another public hearing in downstate Illinois in early September.

For more information about the Commission visit the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform Website >>