Policy for the Common Good

Policy staff writing about the intersection of our faith and policies.

Mark had dreamed of a day when he could truly have a second chance. And, on January 2, 2014, when HB 3061, the Illinois Sealing Criminal Records Bill took effect, that day finally came!

The money that we spend on keeping people in the Cook County Jail wastes taxpayer dollars, damages lives, and does nothing to stop the violence in our communities. That's why we have launched the Reclaim Campaign.

We need to be "smart" rather than "tough" on crime to reduce violence. SB 1342 takes a counterproductive, piecemeal approach to gun violence.

Every day 3.9 million men and women in Illinois are denied opportunities to decent employment and housing. Current law and practices prevent hard-working, law-abiding individuals the chance to move forward from past mistakes. HB 3061 would give many of them a better future.

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