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IACJ To Honor U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Congressman Danny Davis, IL Senator Mattie Hunter and IL Senator Kwame Raoul for Racial and Criminal Justice Reform Efforts
Please join us:
Sunday, March 18, 2012, 3:00 PM
Safer Foundation, 571 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago
IACJ will recognize the work of:
- U.S. Senator Dick Durbin for sponsoring the Fair Sentencing Act, signed into law in 2010 and reduces the sentencing disparity in the mandatory penalties for possession of crack versus powder cocaine. Senator Durbin is unable to attend on March 18 and his award will be presented at a later date.
- U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis for sponsoring the Second Chance Act, originally signed into law in 2008 and provides federal seed grants for programs that assist individuals released from prison to successfully reenter society
- IL State Senator Mattie Hunter for leading the Illinois Disproportionate Justice Impact Study Commission, which addresses racial disparities in justice system’s response to drug crimes
- IL State Senator Kwame Raoul for sponsoring the Illinois Crime Reduction Act, which invests in community-based solutions to nonviolent, drug-related crime
With corrections reform at the top of state and federal policy agendas, this is an opportunity to recognize legislators whose leadership has been, and continues to be, instrumental in improving policy.
RSVP: To confirm your attendance, please send an email with your name, title, and organization/affiliation to Jon.Kaplan@SaferFoundation.org.
We look forward to seeing you on March 18!
Top Researchers Advise on Criminal Justice Reform in Special Issue of The Prison Journal; IACJ Board Director Pamela Rodriguez Featured Author
(From ICJIA's CJ DISPATCH, 27 July, 2011). In response to the growth of Illinois' correctional populations, and to ensure that sentencing policy is effective and efficient, the state created the Sentencing Policy Advisory Council (SPAC) and passed The Crime Reduction Act of 2009. Through its enabling legislation, SPAC is mandated to conduct research and analysis regarding sentencing policy and practices in Illinois, and to examine how these impact correctional populations in the state. SPAC's report provides an overview of the Illinois' sentenced populations and the forces that influence the population's size and type of sentencing. It also discusses how criminal justice practices have changed in Illinois over the past 20 years, with a specific emphasis on changes in sentencing practices. To read the full research brief, click here.
The U.S Sentencing Commission is meeting June 01, 2011, to consider whether or not to make the new crack-cocaine sentencing guidelines that resulted from the 2010 Fair Sentencing Act retroactive. Many inmates, family members, and advocates have already contacted the commission voicing their support for this action. If made retroactive, inmates who received more than the mandatory minimum sentence prior to passage of the 2010 Fair Sentencing Act could have their sentences reduced. For more on this story, click here.
Together the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and the Chicago Council of Lawyers have authored a report outlining a plan to implement a Cook County Diversion Court. The court would divert non-violent offenders with substance abuse or mental health issues to supervision and treatment and provide the opportunity to avoid a felony conviction upon successful completion. According to the authors, the diversion court could save money while reducing crime, incarceration, and unemployment among graduates. For more on this report, click here.
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