The Push for Parole

Artwork by David Rivera.

By Shari Stone-Mediatore

On Thursday, November 8, 2018, the Illinois state legislature held a public hearing to discuss the issue of bringing a system of parole to Illinois. This was a subject-matter-only hearing. However, by January, Representative Rita Mayfield plans to have parole legislation ready to present and will hold another hearing to discuss that legislation.

In her introduction, Representative Mayfield indicated that she only learned there was no system of discretionary parole in Illinois during a public debate delivered by the Stateville Debate Team.

Representative Mayfield did an excellent job of chairing the hearing. Unfortunately, only a few legislators attended (probably because people are recovering from the activities of the recent election). Nonetheless, Representative Mayfield, along with co-chairs Representative LaShawn Ford and Representative Art Turner, effectively moderated the panels and asked pointed questions. Another legislator and staff-person listened attentively.

We filled the room with about 30 advocates for parole from all walks of life. We had plenty of people prepared to speak on behalf of parole; however, a few minutes before the hearing began, the legislators informed us that only 5 people would be able to present testimony on behalf of parole. Continue reading “The Push for Parole”

Upcoming Fundraiser for Stateville Speaks and Parole Illinois

An evening in support of two outstanding social justice organizations — Stateville Speaks and Parole Illinois — will be held on Saturday, June 15.  Featuring screenings of the documentary “Stateville Calling,” artwork by incarcerated artists, inspiring words by lifelong activist Bill Ryan and formerly incarcerated speakers, and special performances by locally based and nationally acclaimed performance artists, Kuumba Lynx and Kwyn Townsend Riley. Purchase tickets here.

Date And Time

Sat, June 15, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT


The Home of Leonard Goodman
3000 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60657
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Purchase tickets here.