Past Event



April 15, 7pm Central

Join us on Thursday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. for a facilitated, critically reflective conversation featuring carceral justice experts from around Illinois. On February 22, 2021, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed HB 3653 into law, setting into motion a number of hotly contested reforms targeting the inequities embedded in the state’s criminal legal system. Such measures include the elimination of cash bail, a restriction on access to certain military-grade weaponry for Illinois police forces, and a provision to end prison-based gerrymandering. This facilitated dialogue will provide a space for attendees interested in learning more about, or discussing the finer details of, this landmark piece of legislation in community with others asking similar questions.

Content Experts:

Brian Dolinar
Brian Dolinar is an independent community journalist and author who has taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Aisha Edwards
Aisha Edwards is the Senior Program Officer, Criminal Justice at MacArthur Foundation. Her work focuses on reducing over-incarceration and changing the way America thinks about and uses jails.

David Olson
David Olson is a professor in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Olson currently serves as the Chairperson for the advisory boards of the Illinois Department of Corrections and the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice through separate gubernatorial appointments.

Briana Payton
Briana Payton is a Policy Analyst with the Chicago Community Bond Fund and worked on the team that wrote and helped pass the Pretrial Fairness Act.

This program is meant to be a follow-up conversation to Envisioning Justice Rapid Response: RE-FORM.