We serve incarcerated people and their loved ones by offering rapid response support system to address rights violations and injustices that occur in Illinois jails and prisons.
The Illinois Prisoner Rights Coalition is an abolitionist group of advocates made up of professionals, students, faith leaders, incarcerated and directly impacted members of our community.
(All ILPRC members are volunteers. We cannot provide legal or medical advice.)
We advocate for incarcerated people in the state of Illinois who are mistreated and neglected and demand transparency and accountability from the facilities that often have little to no oversight or accountability for their actions.
We maintain a rapid response support system for people in immediate danger and ongoing case management. Our mission is to ensure this service is free to incarcerated community members and their loved ones and that they are met with compassion. We provide support and intervention in instances of abuse, neglect, and violations of civil and human rights.
As a coalition we acknowledge our organization will not always have the right resources or expertise for every situation and so we bring together like minded individuals and organizations across the state, to ensure that incarcerated people have access to a well connected network of advocates.
We believe that regardless of the crimes that someone has committed (or is accused of), all people have legal and human rights that deserve protection.
We believe that the carceral system in Illinois is inherently unjust and we support and work to achieve a reimagined justice system that will focus on alternative forms of justice and rehabilitation rather than punishment. So long as this system exists, we ensure that incarcerated people are treated with humanity and that their civil liberties remain intact.
We believe in empowering and protecting people from harm rather than empowering the systems that are causing the harm.
Join us to organize events, launch social media and call campaigns, and do what it takes to protect the rights of incarcerated people in Illinois.
Your financial support allows us to organize events, directly support incarcerated people in needed of emergency support, and much more. If you'd like to give a donation of supplies, please visit the contact us page.
Support us by showing up to demand change with us at rallies, die-ins, and whatever else comes this way.
Mya is a college student that studies political science at Southern New Hampshire University. She was born in Kankakee County, where she currently resides. She was directly impacted by law-enforcement failures that led to quadriplegia and because of that she began her work in advocacy. Mya is on the board of a few social justice organizations and also leads the state in disability advocacy as Ms. Wheelchair Illinois.
Sophia is a college student studying Justice and Peace studies at Georgetown University. She was born and raised in Kankakee, Illinois, and has been involved in activism efforts to achieve racial justice in her communities for the last six years.
Kyle is a recent college graduate and studied Nutrition at Illinois State University. He was raised in Morton, IL, became proactive in activist work in 2020, and believes that those who are incarcerated deserve better. He would like to thank his direct and indirect antiracism educators for helping shape him as a person: ‘Weeze’ Doran, Trudi Lebron, Myisha T. Hill, Lettie Shumate, Janaya Future, Aycee Brown, Costanza Eliana, and AHUS.
Natalie is a marketing professional born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Living in Chicago for the past decade, she’s committed to fighting for the rights of incarcerated people, who’s own voices and power have been suppressed by the justice system.
Noah is a dedicated working class organizer hailing from Pekin, Illinois, with a strong commitment to social justice. Having personally experienced the detrimental effects of the incarceration system on working class families through his father's ten-year prison sentence, Noah developed a deep understanding of the systemic issues plaguing the justice system. He has channeled this passion into his work, volunteering for various non-profit organizations such as the NAACP, Peoples World, and Illinois Prisoner Rights Coalition.