Restore Justice Illinois

Welcome to Restore Justice Illinois, the Restore Justice Foundation’s 501 c 4 partner organization. Together, we can take action to restore balance to Illinois’ criminal justice system.

Your Voice Matters




Sometimes it can feel like one person can’t make a difference, but legislative partners tell us that your support helps them to move difficult legislation and educate their peers.  Your voice matters. Speak out and take action today.

Our Impact

In-Person Visiting Rights Bill Passes Both Chambers (2017 Impact)

On May 25, 2017, the Illinois General Assembly sent HB 2989 to Governor Bruce Rauner for his signature. The bill, approved unanimously in both chambers, ensures that Illinois inmates are not deprived in-person visits due to the availability of video visits. The bill also mandates that the Illinois Department of Corrections publish the number of in-person visits each inmate is entitled to per week and month; better explain identification requirements for visitors, and post daily any restrictions or denials of visitation for that day and the succeeding 5 calendar days. If signed, the bill, sponsored by Representative Justice Slaughter (D – Chicago), will go into effect on January 1, 2018.

New prison phone rate law takes effect January 1, 2018 (2016 Impact)

Restore Justice educated policy-makers on high phone rates in Illinois prisons, assisting the efforts of Representative Carol Ammons (D – Champaign) in her effort to pass HB 6200 during the 2016 legislative session. Now Public Act 099-0878, the law caps phone charges at 7 cents per minute, a reduction of almost 50 percent. Restore Justice participated in this effort to ease the financial burden of communications among inmates and their loved ones.

Illinois Governor Signs Youth Sentencing Reform Legislation (2015 Impact)

On July 20th, 2015, Governor Bruce Rauner signed HB2471 into law. Now Public Act 99-0069, the law:

  • Eliminates mandatory life-without-parole sentences for youth under 18 at the time of the offense
  • Requires judges to consider specific age-related factors in mitigation at the time of sentences
  • Gives courts greater discretion in determining sentences for those under the age of 18

Restore Justice was a strong proponent of this measure.

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