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Is Rehabilitation a Right?
Stateville Calling is a documentary exploring parole reform and the struggle of aging inmates in Illinois. At the center of the film is Bill Ryan, an 84-year-old prisoner’s rights activist from rural Kentucky who has spent the last several decades befriending and advocating on behalf of a group of men and women incarcerated for life, helping to abolish the death penalty in Illinois, publishing a newspaper written by prisoners, and ceaselessly negotiating with victim's advocates, legislators and lobbyists from both sides of the aisle.
In 1974 A life sentence equaled 20 years in prison and everyone became eligible for parole at some point. By 2018 parole had long been abolished, sentencing increased time and time again, such that in IL 1 out of every 7 people currently in prison will die there if nothing is done. Stop the madness Bring sensible and human parole system to IL
Parole IL, a coalition of people inside and outside of prison who are working toward a more just and humane legal system. UUPMI will equip UU's in IL to transform institutions and support people harmed by the prison industrial complex.