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.

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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

Visiting Rights Expanded for All Illinois Inmates

2018 Impact

On Friday, August 3, 2018, Governor Bruce Rauner signed HB4741—which had previously been unanimously approved in both the House and the Senate—into law. Now Public Act 100-0677, the law increases the minimum number of visits each Illinois inmate allowed to 7 visits per month. It also requires that the Illinois Department of Corrections expand the number of unique contacts each inmate is allowed to have on their visiting list to 30 (up from 20) and requires that visitation lists be kept electronically.

In-Person Visiting Rights Bill Signed Into Law

2017 Impact

On Friday, August 18, 2017, Governor Bruce Rauner signed HB 2989—which had previously been unanimously approved in both the House and the Senate—into law. Now Public Act 100-0142, the law ensures that individuals incarcerated in Illinois are not deprived in-person visits due to the availability of video visits. The law also mandates that the Illinois Department of Corrections publish the number of in-person visits each incarcerated person 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. The legislation, 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) 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 incarcerated individuals 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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