Save Vital Prisoner Reentry Services in Illinois
  • Petitioned Ald. Bob Fioretti

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Ald. Bob Fioretti
Ald. Jason Ervin
Ald. Michael Chandler
Illinois Governor
Illinois State Senate
Illinois State House
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State Rep. Robert Rita
Illinois-089
State Rep. Brian Stewart
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State Sen. Patricia Van Pelt
Illinois-009
State Rep. Arthur Turner
Illinois-034
State Rep. Elgie Sims
Illinois-013
State Rep. Gregory Harris
Illinois-087
State Rep. Rich Brauer
Illinois-077
State Rep. Kathleen Willis
Illinois-061
State Rep. Sheri Jesiel
Illinois
Gov. Patrick Quinn
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State Rep. Anthony DeLuca
Illinois-078
State Rep. Camille Lilly
Illinois-035
State Rep. Frances Hurley
Illinois-112
State Rep. Dwight Kay
Illinois-029
State Rep. Thaddeus Jones
Illinois-010
State Rep. Derrick Smith
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State Rep. Kelly Cassidy
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State Sen. Karen McConnaughay
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State Sen. Heather Steans
Illinois-07
Rep. Danny Davis

Save Vital Prisoner Reentry Services in Illinois

    1. Petition by

      Safer Foundation

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn recently announced his proposal to dismantle reentry programs across the State, including Safer Foundation’s Crossroads Adult Transition Center in Chicago.

This action would:
- Post a public safety threat to thousands of families in Illinois.
- Cost taxpayers more than if the programs were simply maintained at current funding levels.
- Hinder hundreds of ex-offenders from becoming productive members of society. 

Crossroads has been in operation since 1983 in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood, providing 750 men each year with access to services such as substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, basic skills, GED preparation, job preparedness training, parenting and family reunification. Today, 70 percent of participants are employed.

Programs like Crossroads are proven to be effective and critical to Illinois. Safer provides cost-effective reentry services that help reduce the criminal recidivism rate.

- The most recent study conducted by Loyola University found that the recidivism rate for former prisoners who go through Safer’s programs is 20%—a marked improvement over the 51% recidivism rate for the general Department of Corrections population not using Safer.

- In fiscal year 2011, Safer provided 4,200 job starts, saving the State more than $150 million—assuming the average stay in prison of one year at the cost of $38,268, according to figures from the respected Vera Institute of Justice in New York.

Please sign this petition to show legislators you care about protecting our community and use of taxpayer money.

We must save Crossroads and make sure that the services it provides continue to be a part of Safer’s proven programs. Join us in taking a stand for smarter policy, safer streets and a stronger economy.

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    1. Reached 250 signatures

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    • Susan Zorc GURNEE, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      Important to rehabilitate and help keep society safe!

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    • Vanessa Jones CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      Residents are in the ATC Program to be reformed. They get their GED, Counseling,Parenting classes, job readiness training and they are very happy they have something to talk about. A lot of them leave the facilities with a Large Sum of money, They get a chance to learn to be responsible, pay bills, send money home, the facility teaches them how to save money.

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    • David Limon CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      The Safer Foundation provides a much needed service to a demographic of Illinois citizens that truely need help.

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    • Budder Jones CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      To offer support for organizations that are dedicated to the empowerment of ex-offenders, who have paid their debt to society, and are attempting to integrate into Corporate America.

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    • Kathryn Williams WHEATON, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      Every program similar to this one accross the country have rates of 85% being kept out of prison thus paying for itself 9 times over the rate of imprisonment cost. PLEASE pay attention to this worthy program and others like it so that the good that it does.

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