Education, Restoration and Rehabilitation
  • Petitioned Exploiters of Crime and Punishment

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Vigil For True Justice
Exploiters of Crime and Punishment

Education, Restoration and Rehabilitation

    1. James Chapman
    2. Petition by

      James Chapman

      Chicago, IL

While most states are currently reducing their prison populations, Illinois has added more than 4,000 inmates to its prisons. The problem of prison overcrowding is rooted in decades of tough on crime legislation, the war on drugs, and harsh sentencing practices. These policies have drained Illinois of vital resources, while having only a minimal effect on the crime rate. Today IDOC is one of the state's largest agencies, with a $1 billion budget.

Every year, Corporations spend millions of dollars lobbying legislators to pass laws that pad their pockets - increasing prison sentences, populations and the need for their services.

As a result, The judicial system has enacted predatory policies targeting youth, immigrants and impoverished persons.   Many are often left isolated, some 23-hours a day, some suffer from mental illness, families cannot afford to offer support or aid, many are not afforded adequate education, re-entry programs fall flat or short and so many never given the opportunity or chance to live up to their full potential and to become true assets to society.  

Wealthy and prestigious persons unaffected (directly) by poverty or incarceration will not have the incentive or timely desire to save those harnessed by this problem. Those most affected will have to take the responsibility for saving themselves.  STARVE THE PROBLEM.  FEED THE CURE.

The Vigil for True Justice is a BI-ANNUAL, month-long MORATORIUM during the months of APRIL and NOVEMBER where inmates, family members, tax payers, citizens, victims’ family members and friends Stand cease spending on items with prison-service and good providers that exploit mass incarceration such as Phone Calls by Consolidated and Vending Companies such as Ace Vending.

The Vigil is every year for the months of April and November. By signing the petition, we ask that you PLEDGE participation to abstain from phone use and vending machine purchases at all prison-related vendors.

Partners of the Vigil will subsequently support legislation for goals such as:

Better allocation of funds for effective family services and Restorative Justice for Victims' Families
Meritorious Good Time - HB 3899
Alternative Sentencing
Electronic Home Monitoring
Step Down Programs for Re-Entry
Job Placement Programs for Ex-Offenders
Travel and Phone relief for Family Members                                                                  More reasonable communication pricing                                                                Adequate in-house diet to diminish health concerns.

Please let us all join together and send a message that we will not continue to fund a broken system. We want incarceration to work as intended by the constitution. To promote public safety and restore useful citizenship.


Photo:  By luigi morante / Flckr

Recent signatures


    1. To Receive Updates on Progress

      James Chapman
      Petition Organizer

      To receive updates on the progress of this movement, don't forget to join our mailing list by e-mailing us at:

    2. Statewide Movement -- APRIL & NOVEMBER

      James Chapman
      Petition Organizer

      Participants all over the state have come together to participate in the Vigil for True Justice:


      We need to grow in size and this will take time. We are extending the Vigil to twice a year every April and November


      James Chapman
      Petition Organizer

      Please help this movement grow by helping at least telling one or more people and encouraging them to pledge.

      We will continue this vigil EVERY YEAR in April and November until the corporations that continue to perpetuate mass incarceration are held accountable.

    4. Reached 100 signatures
    5. We can not continue to cooperate and PAY for this Broken System

      James Chapman
      Petition Organizer

      Let us stand together and ask law-makers and corporate profiteers to end mass incarceration and create a system that focuses on PREVENTION. FAIR SENTENCING and REHABILITATION. A system that works.

    6. We Need Your Information

      James Chapman
      Petition Organizer

      Signers, please contact: with your e-mail address so that we can notify you of the results of movement as well as let you know when the next moratorium will occur.

    7. We Should Hold Corporate Capitalists of Mass Incarceration Responsible

      James Chapman
      Petition Organizer

      Over 4,500-people "like" Corrections Corporation of America on facebook. This privatized company makes millions from working with the government to build more and more detention and adult-prisons. Lets say no to building more prisons and say yes to building more crime PREVENTION. Jobs, Education and Hope.

    8. Vigil Welcomes Participation in the Occupy Chicago Event

      James Chapman
      Petition Organizer

      The Vigil will Stand with Occupy Chicago on February 20th. We are ready to STAND April 1st! Co participants in the Occupy Chicago include: Project NIA and The Campaign to End the Death Penalty

    9. Reached 50 signatures
    10. The Vigil Welcomes

      James Chapman
      Petition Organizer has joined and is sponsoring the Vigil For True Justice Pledge

    11. Reached 25 signatures
    12. Welcome New Organizations and Pledges!

      James Chapman
      Petition Organizer

      The Vigil welcomes several more pledges today after the 25th Anniversary Dinner of Darby Tillis Including:

      Darby Tillis
      Alice Kim
      Laurie Joe Reynolds

      Please help us spread the word. If you forward this movement to just one person, you've made a huge difference.

    13. Reached 10 signatures
    14. 20-more have pledged to join our Moratorium on prison spending...

      James Chapman
      Petition Organizer

      Please help us spread our on-line campaign by forwarding this petition to friends and family

    15. Reached 5 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Judith Dunning BUFFALO, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      Prisons are disporportionatley filled with persons of color, without resources to afford a proper defense, and for whom incarceration is harsh punishment, often for victimless crimes. Rehabilitation is a theory invented by well-intentioned reformers, but, in practice is mostly without merit. White collar criminals, who victimize the public, and the public trust, are rarely sentenced to prison and if they are - serve little time in comparison to their peers - in this instance - other law breakers. Justice is only blind to those who can afford to pay for the blinders.

      • about 2 years ago

      PM Medvedev simply said, it's unproductive. He's right.

    • Mark Clements SKOKIE, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      Those who commit alleged drug offense's, especially those that are addicted to drugs should be placed inside drug rehabilitation center's. Illinois have wasted millions to warehouse human beings rather then to provide them with the services that they should receive. Illinois is alleged to have hit a all time high in warehousing men and women inside Illinois State prisons, they do not have the HUMANE living conditions to remain to incarcerate at the rate they are locking kids and adults inside it's prisons. Reforms are needed and they are needed now in the State of Illinois...starting with education, drug rehabilitation, and job training.

    • Galen Baughman BLOOMINGTON, IN
      • about 2 years ago

      Because we have an over-reliance on mass incarceration in this country (we shouldn't have it at all, much less rely on it) and I have to see business (which is soulless by definition) exploiting the misfortune of others. Additionally, private prisons are less safe and the pressure of profits distorts the pursuit of true justice.

    • Bonni McKeown CHARLESTON, WV
      • over 2 years ago

      Overcharging for phone calls and vending machines just increases the perception of unfairness and bullying rather than supporting dignity, justice and rehabilitation.


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