Bills for action
These bills will be before the IL legislative body for the 2018 season. Please follow the bills by the clickable titles and contact your legislators through http://www.ilga.gov/
PASS :: SB3388 Expand Alternatives to Incarceration!
SB3388 expands eligibility for Adult Redeploy Illinois to all probation-eligible individuals, not just those charged with so-called “nonviolent” offenses. This bill will help decrease the reliance on incarceration and decrease overcrowding in IL prisons
PASSED BOTH HOUSES May 30 and is on the governor's desk.
PASS :: HB5104 End Medical Fees for Prisoners!
HB5104 eliminates the dangerous and costly barriers created by fees assessed to prisoners for medical care. Additionally, this bill restricts the profit prisons are allowed to make off of commissary items, like toothpaste and underwear, that prisoners are forced to purchase.
PASSED BOTH HOUSES May 24 and is on the governor's desk.
PASS :: HB5334 Background Fairness Act!
HB5334 requires that there must be a direct relationship between job duties and conviction history in order to deny an individual employment based on their previous convictions. This bill also provides people with the ability to sue companies who violate the law.
Is stalled in the Rules Committee of the House. May be considered in the fall.
OPPOSE :: SB1980 Will Increase Pretrial Incarceration
SB1980, pushed by Sheriff Dart, is an ineffective bail reform effort and will simply expand the power of sheriff’s and courts to keep people incarcerated.
Is stalled in the Rules Committee of the House.
The Unitarian Universalist Prison Ministry of Illinois encourages congregations and UUs across the state to get involved in policy work to alleviate some of the harm the criminal legal system inflicts.
Other relevant legislation from our partners at UUANI:
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(From our partners UUANI)
Several other important bills we advocated for were signed into law this legislative session in Illinois: