In partnership with the Coalition to Decarcerate Illinois: we are hosting an advocacy training series for people with incarcerated loved ones. Trainings will be held on a Monday each month. Here is the schedule:

  • Monday, December 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. – 

Topic: Loved Ones Training on Writing Grievances.

This training will feature Marshan Allen, a formerly incarcerated activist and the National Policy Director at Represent Justice, Pablo Mendoza, a formerly incarcerated activist and Project Manager + Research Fellow at Prison Neighborhood Arts Project (PNAP), and Alan Mills, Executive Director of the Uptown People’s Law Center. This training will outline how to write a successful grievance, discuss why they are needed, and address common questions and concerns about writing them. Even though loved ones do not write grievances, we hope this event will help you to understand the process and why it matters for those you love on the inside. 

This training is hosted by Restore Justice and the Coalition to Decarcerate IL. Restore Justice advocates for fairness, humanity, and compassion throughout the Illinois criminal legal system, with a primary focus on those affected by extreme sentences imposed on our youth.  We create and support policies that allow those who are rehabilitated to go home, and that ensure those incarcerated, their families, and victim families have opportunities for healing and justice. We engage currently and formerly incarcerated individuals and their families, victims and their families, communities, and concerned Illinoisans in advocacy and service within the criminal justice system.

The Coalition to Decarcerate IL is a group of loved ones of the incarcerated, currently and formerly incarcerated individuals, activists, and creatives working towards abolition and fighting for the rights and dignity of currently incarcerated individuals and their loved ones.

If you have any questions or concerns, email Restore Justice Outreach Director Julie Anderson at janderson@restorejustice.org or Rebecca with the Coalition to Decarcerate IL at decarcerateilcoalition@gmail.com

Tema: Entrenamiento de seres queridos sobre cómo escribir quejas. Nuestros oradores serán Marshan Allen, ex Activista Encarcelado y Director de Política Nacional de Represent Justice, Pablo Mendoza, ex Activista Encarcelado y Gerente de Proyectos e Investigador del Prison Neighborhood Arts Project (PNAP), y Alan Mills, Abogado y Director Ejecutivo de Uptown People’s Law Center. ¡Está capacitación describirá cómo redactar un reclamo exitoso, discutirá por qué son necesarios y abordará preguntas e inquietudes comunes sobre cómo redactarlos! Aunque los seres queridos no suelen escribir quejas, esperamos que este evento le ayude a comprender el proceso y por qué es importante para sus seres queridos que están por dentro. Se lo proporcionará traducción al español e interpretación de ASL.

Esta capacitación está organizada por Restaurar Justicia (Restore Justice) y la Coalición para Decarcelar IL (Coalition to Decarcerate IL). Restore Justice aboga por la equidad, la humanidad y la compasión en todo el sistema legal penal de Illinois, con un enfoque principal en aquellos afectados por sentencias extremas impuestas a nuestros jóvenes. Creamos y apoyamos políticas que permiten a los rehabilitados volver a casa y que garantizan que los encarcelados, sus familias y las familias de las víctimas tengan oportunidades de sanación y justicia. Involucramos a las personas encarceladas en la actualidad y anteriormente y sus familias, las víctimas y sus familias, las comunidades y los habitantes de Illinois preocupados en la defensa y el servicio dentro del sistema de justicia penal. La Coalición para Decarcelar IL es un grupo de seres queridos de personas incarceladas, personas encarceladas actualmente y anteriormente, activistas y creativos que trabajan por la abolición y luchan por los derechos y la dignidad de las personas encarceladas y sus seres queridos. Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, puede enviar un correo electrónico a Julie en Restore Justice janderson@restorejustice.org o Rebecca con la Coalición para Decarcerate IL en decarcerateilcoalition@gmail.com.

Upcoming trainings:

  • Monday, January 10, 2022 6 to 8 p.m. – Topic: Clemency with a guest speaker from the Illinois Prison Project. Who can file for clemency? What is the process? Can you file on your own behalf without an attorney? We will cover these topics and more, including how family and friends can assist with clemency petitions. 
  • Monday, February 7, 2022 6 to 8 p.m. – Topic: Medical Issues
  • Monday, March 3, 2022 6 to 8 p.m. – Topic: Transfers within the Illinois Department Of Corrections
  • Monday, April 4, 2022 6 to 8 p.m. – Topic: Visiting Issues
  • Monday, May 2, 2022 6 to 8 p.m. – Topic: Slow mail

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