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Save Vital Prisoner Reentry Services in Illinois


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.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Ald. Bob Fioretti
  • State Representative
    Robert Rita
  • Governor
    Patrick Quinn
  • State Representative
    Anthony DeLuca
  • State Representative
    Camille Lilly
  • State Representative
    Frances Hurley
  • State Representative
    Dwight Kay
  • State Representative
    Thaddeus Jones
  • State Representative
    Derrick Smith
  • State Representative
    Kelly Cassidy
  • Illinois State House
  • Illinois State Senate
  • State Representative
    Kathleen Willis
  • State Representative
    Rich Brauer
  • Ald. Jason Ervin
  • Ald. Michael Chandler
  • Representative
    Danny Davis
  • State Senator
    Heather Steans
  • State Senator
    Karen McConnaughay
  • State Representative
    Joann Osmond
  • State Representative
    Jim Sacia
  • State Senator
    Patricia Van Pelt
  • State Representative
    Arthur Turner
  • State Representative
    Elgie Sims
  • State Representative
    Gregory Harris
  • Illinois Governor

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