About the Series

What does a truly just society look like? How does it feel? How do we get there?

While these questions evoke the deep inequities and complexities of our present and past, their answers are crucial to shaping our future.

Illinois Humanities presents Visions of Justice, an eight-part video series created in partnership with VAM STUDIO that brings together the perspectives of more than 30 Illinoisans spread over seven towns and cities to examine the far-reaching impacts of mass incarceration in our local communities. Watch the full series to hear from an exciting array of Illinois artists, organizers, scholars, and other local residents working to interrogate the foundation of the criminal legal system and advance justice where they live.

In each edition of the Visions of Justice series, Envisioning Justice Fellow Meredith Nnoka hosts conversations with individuals in the communities of Bloomington-Normal, Carbondale, Chicago, Decatur, East St. Louis, Galesburg, and Urbana-Champaign to explore the conversation through a hyperlocal lens.

Visions of Justice is produced by Illinois Humanities in partnership with VAM STUDIO and moderated by Illinois Humanities’ Envisioning Justice Fellow, Meredith Nnoka.

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The Series

All eight features in the Visions of Justice series are now available to watch online. Click on a town below to watch the video highlighting that community.

A Decatur, Illinois monument building against a clear sky with a video play buttonDecatur

Watch Visions of Justice: Decatur, featuring interviews with five insightful contributors from the Decatur area: Dana Anderson, Rev. Courtney Carson, Evelyn Hood, Alex Miller, and Lonnie Williams.

Premiered: Sept. 24, 2021

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a city street with a large video play buttonBloomington-Normal

Watch Visions of Justice: Bloomington-Normal, featuring interviews with five insightful contributors from the Bloomington-Normal area: Ky Ajayi, Olivia Butts, Heather Canuel, Jenn Carrillo, and Gabe Cripe.

Premiered: Oct. 5, 2021

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A mural of Chicago in bright colorsChicago

Watch Visions of Justice: Chicago, featuring interviews with local residents working toward justice in their community: Eric Blackmon, Denzel Burke, Alice Kim, and Beth Richie.

Premiered: Oct. 7, 2021

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A Carbondale, Illinois clock tower with a video play buttonCarbondale

Watch Visions of Justice: Carbondale, featuring interviews with four insightful contributors from the Carbondale area: Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, LaGina Crim, Chastity Mays, and Nick Smaligo.

Premiered: Oct. 12, 2021

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An image looking through bars at a sunsetGalesburg

Watch Visions of Justice: Galesburg, featuring interviews with four men currently serving long-term sentences at Hill Correctional Center: Brandon, Brian, Cincere, and Omar.

Premiered: Oct. 19, 2021

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View of St. Louis arch from East St. LouisEast St. Louis

Watch Visions of Justice: East St. Louis, featuring interviews with five local residents working toward justice in their community: TraVonn Jones, Tiara Moore, Edna Patterson-Petty, Sandra Pfeifer, Andrew Theising.

Premiered: Oct. 22, 2021

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the top of a historic buildingUrbana-Champaign

Watch Visions of Justice: Urbana-Champaign, featuring interviews with six insightful contributors from the Urbana-Champaign area: Bethany Britton-Little, Brian Dolinar, Molly Galloway, Rebecca Ginsburg, James Kilgore, and Marlon Mitchell.

Premiered: Oct. 27, 2021

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an image of the state building with a video play button over itIllinois | Series Finale

The Visions of Justice series culminates in Visions of Justice: Illinois, a look back at how the conversation about mass incarceration, justice, and healing has taken shape throughout the state. Hear from insightful contributors from across Illinois about the histories and present day advocacy that unite our communities large and small.

Premiered: Nov. 18, 2021

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Follow the Conversation

The Visions of Justice series brings together Illinoisans from all walks of life to share how the carceral system impacts our communities. Join the conversation on social media by following @ILHumanities on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and use the hashtag #EnvisioningJustice to share your experience.