Families against Truth-In- Sentencing

Families against Truth-In- Sentencing

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Raven Waller started this petition to U.S. Senate and
It is our position as tax paying citizens to petition this legislature in an attempt to combat the influx of prisoners into the prison system creating an overcrowded maximum security department with no design toward restorative justice.
As of now, the system in it's current design is primarily structured to keep long term offenders locked away until they are decrepit or nearly decrepit. This system promotes the disproportionate sentencing of 18,19,20 (some older and younger) to 40, 50 or more years of imprisonment and some offenders may be first time offenders. The passing of the truth-in-sentencing brought increased life without parole; and the ridding of the parole board; the number of prisoners to serve 30 years and better has increased exponentially and will continue because crime has not gone down since the creation of the truth-in-sentencing and we will venture to say it has increased which has contributed to the overcrowding of max prisons.
The overcrowding of thousands upon thousands of sick elderly prisoners who will have spent their entire adult life in prison, they will serve this time regardless of whether they are or aren't a threat to anyone. This is an inappropriate use of our prison system. Restoring offenders to useful citizenship has become lost in the melee of being tough on crime. When we as family members of first time offenders, actually innocent and even second time offenders see how this system creates a perpetual process of sending young black and Latino men to prison to never again be free as restored it is hard to believe that it's design is restorative justice or anything that resembles such. Generation upon generation of young black and Latino men have to grow up fatherless in harsh environmental conditions of inner city life because the system has locked their fathers up and thrown away the key. Now this process is to be repeated due to the lack of male presence in the home, when it comes to violent offenders Illinois law is systematically designed to keep young black and brown men incarcerated.








It is our position that we are in support of:
1) Restoring the Parole Board
2) Ridding the Truth-In-Sentencing 730 ILCS 5/3-6-3
3) community (crime prevention programs)
4) Increased programs for max offenders to be academically, physically, and mentally restored to society.
5) The paroling of veteran prisoners who are 50 and up who have 20 years in.
We encourage the legislature to take all necessary steps toward rectifying the criminal justice system so it reflects a proper justice seeking; effective punishment, and restoring process.

I am a mother of a fifteen year old girl who will never have the opportunity to experience her father taking her to a school dance, harassing a potential boyfriend, or just hugging her on daily basis. My daughter's father was incarcerated when she was seven years old. The maximum sentence for rape in the state of Illinois is 40 years; although he was a first time offender he received the max sentence. Our family knows he is innocent, but due to the inability to afford effective legal representation he was not given a fair trial. A lot of testimony and evidence was not presented to the court and as a result an innocent man is serving a long term sentence in a max prison. It is extremely heartbreaking and difficult for us. The pain is overwhelming. What is even more overwhelming is the realization that he may never have the opportunity to meet with the parole board for possible parole, or be released early due to good behavior. My story is one of many. Many families are torn apart, many children grow up fatherless, and something needs to be done. I am simply asking that this legislature create a more proportionate way of sentencing offenders along with the notion of restoring them back to society to be useful to their communities.
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