We provide rapid response support for incarcerated people to ensure human and legal rights are upheld. We focus on ensuring proper access for medical care, but also assist with resolving other injustices. When the coalition cannot provide direct support we connect individuals to other organizations that join us in this work toward justice.
By building communication pathways with IDOC, ISP, States Attorneys, the Attorney General of Illinois, and local sheriff departments, we aim to hold the state directly accountable for injustices.
Many people are affected by the harm and injustices caused by jails and prisons around Illinois - not just the individuals who are incarcerated. We work to provide support to families and friends to ensure their stories are heard. Support can range from hosting vigils, connecting to mental health services and community support, and helping identify next steps to address concerns.
Have you, a friend, or family member been impacted by injustice in the Illinois carceral system? Reach out to see how we might help.
In our case management, we run into areas where the jail or prison is acting within the bounds of the law, however incarcerated people are still being mistreated. In these cases, we aim to work with other organizations and with lawmakers to support policy change.
Jails often abide by different laws than those controlling prisons, which leaves gaps in policy to protect incarcerated people.
For years, Iroquois County Jail has ignored calls for key changes to keep the people incarcerated there safe. In order to address the patterns of abuse, we have partnered with Color of Change to #ShutDownIroquois. Sign the petition to let Attorney General Kwame Raoul know that you do not support the inhumane and deadly practices carried out at Iroquois County Jail.