Promoting Justice: Taking Action to End Mass Incarceration

Join Restore Justice and Lewis University for a one-day symposium on criminal justice reform. The program will feature sessions and conversations focused on addressing injustices in prisons and beyond, particularly through education, networking, and advocacy for policy change.

The issue of mass incarceration will be explored through the stories of people impacted by it and the advocacy needed to reform the unjust system. History, sociology, peace studies, social teaching, political science, and skill building will take place throughout the event.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

1:00 PM-8:30 PM

Lewis University

D’Arcy Great Room
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446

For more information please contact Dr. Christie Billups at or (815) 836-5829.


1:00-1:50 PM
Restore Justice: History and Strategizing to Inspire Change with Integrity

A review of the development of mass incarceration in Illinois, this session will explore legislative proposals to reform our corrections system in ways that restore the humanity and healing of those incarcerated or re-entering society after serving their time as well as implications and considerations for their families and communities.

2:00-2:50 PM
Leadership Dialogue on the State of Incarceration in Illinois

A panel of state leaders will discuss proposed reforms regarding reducing the prison population and restoring reasonable policies based in research that will successfully produce safer communities and reformed, productive individuals.

  • State Senator Pat McGuire, 43rd District
  • Jennie Amato, Kane County Public Defender
  • Dan Johnson, Progressive Public Affairs
3:00-4:45 PM
State-Level Advocacy for Beginners

This working session will explore and discuss basic approaches to effective advocacy with our state legislature.

4:45-5:45 PM
Dinner Break
6:00-8:30 PM
Stories from Inside, Stories of Hope: Exonerees, Former Lifers, and Others Recovering from Contact with the Justice System

Hear from individuals who have served extensive time within the Illinois Department of Corrections as they share their respective stories and discuss common challenges. After questions and answers, participants will be invited to engage with the panelists and leaders from Restore Justice to imagine a path forward toward a more just, humane, and effective carceral system.

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