Restore Justice Illinois Forms – 2014
Restore Justice Illinois, a 501(c)(4) civic group, emerged to advocate for compassionate changes to the Illinois criminal code. But lobbying and advocacy only go so far. It soon became clear that in order to move the needle, we would have to move beyond the statehouse and into the community.
Restore Justice Foundation Forms – 2015
Restore Justice Foundation focuses on youth (children and young adults, under age 25) convicted of crimes who are currently serving — or at the risk of serving — 40 years or more in the adult system. We develop a holistic approach to policy change for this group of people, with implications on the broader criminal legal system.
Illinois Creates First New Parole Opportunities in 40 years – 2019
HB 531 – now Public Act 100-1182 – creates new parole opportunities for those under 21 coming into the system today with extreme sentences ahead of them. People seeking review will have the right to an attorney and the Prisoner Review Board will be required to consider the hallmark features of youth and subsequent growth when making their determinations.
Illinois Abolishes Life Without Parole For Children – 2023
Public Act 102-1128 (House Bill 1064) builds on the 2019 Youthful Parole Law, which created the first new parole opportunities in Illinois since our state abolished parole in 1978. The most recent law extends parole review to young people sentenced to natural life in prison; this ensures no children 17 and younger can receive a life without parole sentence. Illinois’ law also makes our state a leader in sentencing reform by recognizing young people’s brain development and ensuring most people 18-20 are parole-eligible.