Cure Illinois

Cure Illinois "(A) prisoner does not enter a prison gate destitute of all constitutional rights." --- Jackson v. Hollowell, 714 F. 2d 1372, 13. Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE) is a grassroots organization that was founded in Texas in 1972.

It became a national organization in 1985. CURE IL is a nonprofit 501(3) c was formed to promote transparency and best practices to ensure accountability within our justice system. We strive to provide the information and tools necessary to advocate for change by educating the public so that they may advocate for change. CURE IL’s mission to ensure our Justice System be held accountable through a

It became a national organization in 1985. CURE IL is a nonprofit 501(3) c was formed to promote transparency and best practices to ensure accountability within our justice system. We strive to provide the information and tools necessary to advocate for change by educating the public so that they may advocate for change. CURE IL’s mission to ensure our Justice System be held accountable through a

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Not getting a vaccine and going in and out of a prison with many people into your town or into your home is not being a ...
08/26/2021
Illinois Prisons Are COVID-19 Hotspots. So Why Have Only 27% Of Workers Taken The Vaccine?

Not getting a vaccine and going in and out of a prison with many people into your town or into your home is not being a socially responsible citizen
https://www.wbez.org/stories/illinois-prisons-are-covid-19-hotspots-so-why-have-only-27-of-workers-taken-the-vaccine/406da0cd-dbe5-4851-a42f-73e2932b9e58

Experts say the low vaccination rate endangers inmates, correctional officers and the communities where staff live.

Illinois is a state that is employee at will which means you don't have to give someone a reason to fire themI believe t...
08/26/2021
Illinois Prisons Are COVID-19 Hotspots. So Why Have Only 27% Of Workers Taken The Vaccine?

Illinois is a state that is employee at will which means you don't have to give someone a reason to fire them
I believe that the only way covid got into the prisons in the first place was because the guards and other staff we're not tested every day or even every other and some work even though they had covid otherwise how could it have gotten in the prison?
It is irresponsible and a danger to others to not be vaccinated unless there's a medical or religious reasons and then they should be assigned other jobs than those that put them in contact with people
https://www.wbez.org/stories/illinois-prisons-are-covid-19-hotspots-so-why-have-only-27-of-workers-taken-the-vaccine/406da0cd-dbe5-4851-a42f-73e2932b9e58

Experts say the low vaccination rate endangers inmates, correctional officers and the communities where staff live.

Do you believe if mentally ill prisoners are not treated they will be a danger to society when released?
05/06/2021
Can prisoners with mental health problems benefit from psychological therapy? Yes, but health and justice need to be closer friends. | Society of Clinical Psychology

Do you believe if mentally ill prisoners are not treated they will be a danger to society when released?

Can prisoners with mental health problems benefit from psychological therapy? Yes, but health and justice need to be closer friends. This SCP blog by Karen Slade, Psy.D. correspondents with a new article in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology titled, “Outcomes of Psychological Therap...

Great article from Pete EarleyThe question is not just what he asks, but as of now, without the changes in the law, woul...
05/05/2021
How Do We Get Josephine Off Skid Row? Community Treatment Isn't Working & She's Suffering - Pete Earley

Great article from Pete Earley
The question is not just what he asks, but as of now, without the changes in the law, would she be better off in prison, where most mentally ill land?

(5-3-21) How do you help someone who is addicted, seriously mentally ill and living on the streets in Los Angeles’ Skid Row? Today’s guest blog comes from Dr. Susan Partovi, MD, who has been helping those on skid row streets in Los Angeles for more than 17 years and is the Medical Director for H...

I have been on both sides, and before pandemic was asked and had a confirmation from the warden at Logan to bring books ...
03/23/2021
Restore Justice Illinois | SB 1976: Point of Contact

I have been on both sides, and before pandemic was asked and had a confirmation from the warden at Logan to bring books for the library.
I am not young and suffer from a broken lower back and spinal fusion, so crying is hard. when I arrived at the check-in desk and put bools on the table, the officer threw me out, saying the way I put bools down was threatening.
I needed to take nitrate because I was so upset.
This is wrong.
Many guards love to bully, not much different from school playgrounds.
I think they all need an etiquette class.
send this

https://restorejusticeillinois.org/legislation/sb1976/?mc_cid=1a4b653728&mc_eid=35687682a7

Family members visiting incarcerated loved ones have little to no redress when they are denied access or treated unfairly.

“About 20% of the people in American jails and about 15% of people in prisons have severe mental illnesses,” Montross sa...
03/22/2021
Butler psychiatrist: Prison wrong place for people living with mental illness

“About 20% of the people in American jails and about 15% of people in prisons have severe mental illnesses,” Montross said. “And when I say that, I mean schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression. It adds up to about 350,000 people who are incarcerated in America.”

Butler Psychiatrist: Prison wrong place for people living with mental illness

always shocked when I see how little has changed in many of these facilities when it comes to housing the mentally ill, ...
03/19/2021
My Expose On Prison Abuse Drew A Yawn, But A Trapped Cat Got National Attention - Pete Earley

always shocked when I see how little has changed in many of these facilities when it comes to housing the mentally ill, the fastest growing segment of our prison populations

  FROM MY FILES FRIDAY: I was in my early 20s, the first time I visited a prison and saw how inmates with mental illnesses were being treated. I wrote an expose for The Tulsa (Okla.) Tribune, that sadly has since closed. In this blog first posted in May 2010, I recalled the reaction my exposeClick ...

Good riddance to all of them, we tell ourselves, regardless of their crime and punishment. Who cares about convicted cri...
03/18/2021
Confession: My compassion for prison inmates has been incarcerated for life

Good riddance to all of them, we tell ourselves, regardless of their crime and punishment. Who cares about convicted criminals getting what they deserve, right?

Should we care more about the crime or the criminal? Punishment or rehabilitation? For me, it comes down to such broader themes, balancing the abstract with the concrete, and weighing personal lives versus the public good.

These are among the many reasons that Miller has concluded that:"...the problem of mass incarceration is really a proble...
02/11/2021
'Halfway Home' Makes Case That The Formerly Incarcerated Are Never Truly Free

These are among the many reasons that Miller has concluded that:

"...the problem of mass incarceration is really a problem of citizenship. This is because citizenship isn't just about whether or not someone has a set of legal rights. Citizenship is something each of us practices in everyday life. It is made through everyday exchanges and people at every level, because citizenship is about belonging."

To say that this nation's criminal justice system is deeply flawed is to flirt with understatement. Everything from the oversurveillance of Black and

who said crime doesn't pay!The Greene Space, the non-profit advocacy group Worth Rises, have launched a new series about...
02/10/2021
What Prison Design Says About How We Think About the People Inside | The Brian Lehrer Show | WNYC

who said crime doesn't pay!

The Greene Space, the non-profit advocacy group Worth Rises, have launched a new series about the business side of the prison industry, everything from prison labor to companies who contract with prisons to provide health care, food and other services. Who profits when people get put away?

The mayor has promised to close Rikers Island and build more humane jails in its place. What does that look like?

all except IllinoisCompassionate release (PDF), also called medical or geriatric parole, grants early release for the el...
01/31/2021
States Could Save Lives by Expanding Compassionate Release during COVID-19 and Beyond

all except Illinois
Compassionate release (PDF), also called medical or geriatric parole, grants early release for the elderly, those facing imminent death, and those in prison with debilitating medical conditions or serious sicknesses. The federal government, DC, and 49 states have distinct compassionate release programs, each with their own unique application, process, and eligibility requirements.

Expanding compassionate release could help prisons reduce deaths from COVID-19.

we should all read this by Pete Earlyhttp://www.peteearley.com/2021/01/22/washington-post-podcast-contains-oregon-mans-p...
01/23/2021
Washington Post Podcast Contains Oregon Man's Pleas With Police During Mental Health Crisis Before He's Fatally Shot - Pete Earley

we should all read this by Pete Early
http://www.peteearley.com/2021/01/22/washington-post-podcast-contains-oregon-mans-pleas-with-police-during-mental-health-crisis-before-hes-fatally-shot/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+peteearley+%28The+Official+Blog+of+Author+Pete+Earley%29

(1-22-21) Kimberly Kenny wrote a powerful blog last July for me describing how Springfield, Oregon police officers chased and fatally shot her brother during a mental health crisis. Shockingly, the four officers involved had undergone Crisis Intervention Team training. The Kenny family received a $4...

People locked inside prisons rely on grievances to complain if their needs, from health care to sanitation to safety, ar...
01/22/2021
From Roaches To Medical Emergencies, Illinois Inmates Say ‘There’s Nobody That We Can Really Go To For Help’

People locked inside prisons rely on grievances to complain if their needs, from health care to sanitation to safety, are unmet. The complaints are among their few means of recourse. But in Illinois, that system is sputtering, with little oversight, leaving prisoners vulnerable to harm, an investigation by WBEZ and ProPublica has found.

The state has paid millions to settle the claims of inmates, some of whom raised concerns early through grievances, only to later suffer serious injuries when authorities denied complaints or failed to act.

Prisoners rely on the so-called grievance system to report dangerous conditions, including abuse. In Illinois, the system is broken.

01/21/2021
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Mental Health And The Criminal Justice System
Each year in the United States, 1.2 million people who are living with mental illness end up in jail and prison. The number of those afflicted is so large that the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that as of 2017, a whopping 64 percent of inmates have mental health problems.


magellantv.com/articles/mental-health-behind-bars-treatment-and-rehabilitation-in-the-criminal-justice-systemm

Prisons in Norway: Inside a Norwegian Jail
10/09/2020
Prisons in Norway: Inside a Norwegian Jail

Prisons in Norway: Inside a Norwegian Jail

An introduction to the Norwegian-style prison system, which is known around the world for its focus on rehabilitation and low reoffending rates.

when it comes to deaths of people in mental health crisis by police, the rote response is a call for more Crisis Interve...
09/19/2020
Why Was Daniel Prude Released From Treatment Center Hours Before His Death? Is Our Health Care System Racist? - Pete Earley

when it comes to deaths of people in mental health crisis by police, the rote response is a call for more Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training, even though a 2019 American Academy of Psychiatry and Law Journal article found “[t]here is little evidence in the peer-reviewed literature, however, that shows CIT’s benefits on objective measures of arrests, officer injury, citizen injury, or use of force.” It does, however, seem to improve “officer satisfaction and self-perception of a reduction in use of force” and may lead to more jail diversion.

Daniel Prude, 41, apparently stopped breathing as police in Rochester, N.Y. were restraining him in March 2020 and died when he was taken off life support a week later. Photo provided by Roth and Roth LLP. (9-18-20) Most of the media attention about Daniel Prude’s death in Rochester has been focus...

Please email or call with your support, they were sentenced to prison not death
08/08/2020
Lawmakers introduce ‘COVID-19 in Corrections Data Transparency Act'

Please email or call with your support, they were sentenced to prison not death

New legislation would require the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the United States Marshals Service and state governments to collect and publicly report detailed data about COVID-19 in federal, state and local correctional facilities.

By continuing practices such as automatic raises and taxpayer-subsidized platinum health insurance, along with a new $2,...
07/08/2020
Pritzker’s AFSCME deal gives 12% automatic raises, $2,500 bonus to state workers

By continuing practices such as automatic raises and taxpayer-subsidized platinum health insurance, along with a new $2,500 bonus, the AFSCME contract will transfer more than $3.6 billion in additional compensation from taxpayers to state workers.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the state’s largest public employee union just approved a deal that will cost state taxpayers $3.6 billion more than it needed to.

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(A) the prisoner does not enter the prison gate destitute of all constitutional rights. — Jackson v. Hollowell, 714 F. 2d 1372, 1383 (5th Circuit, 1983)

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Ways to Stop the Criminalization of Mental Illness and to Improve Our Existing Mental Health System By Joseph M. Jason, Chairman Criminal Justice Advocacy for the Mentally Ill Based upon reading various books , reviewing web sites and my observations and experiences, I have come up with the following plan: (One of those helpful books is “How the Federal Government Destroyed the Mental Illness Treatment System”: by the psychiatrist Dr. E. Fuller Torrey) 1. Build forensic diversion facilities similar to the one in Florida instead of new prisons. The program provides a sentencing alternative in cases where the offender has mental health issues. Those entering will begin in a higher-security area, more like a jail, and once stabilized move to a different part of the building for treatment. For example. Florida presently has the following: A)Forensic Alternative Center: Rather than going to state hospitals, severely mentally ill felons deemed incompetent to stand trial go to an in-patient program at Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital. The focus isn’t on preparing them for court, but for a return to the community. B)Jail diversion: A shuttered state forensic hospital is being retooled as a jail alternative and community center for people with mental illness. 2. Train prison officers to work with and respect mentally ill inmates, It’s a role that can change both officers and inmates prison-wide. 3. Invest in prison rehabilitation programs , which curb recidivism. Improve the reentry programs also. 4. Stop putting mentally ill people into solitary confinement. Close all supermax prisons. 5. Roll back punitive drug laws and invest in drug treatment giving people many chances to fail. 6. Train designated police officers to respond to mentally ill people in crisis(CIT) 7. Invest in housing-probably the single biggest hole in our social net- and eliminate rules that keep nonviolent and reformed offenders out of public housing. There needs to be vocational opportunities and opportunities for socialization. 8. Invest in a system of mental health that includes inpatient and outpatient services to support vulnerable people and keep them out of the criminal justice system. 9. Increase the beds in public psychiatric hospitals to 40 to 60 per 100,000. This is approximately four times the current size. 10. AOT Programs-Have a dramatic decrease in rehospitalization, victimization and incarceration in jails and prison. Assisted Outpatient Treatment Assisted Outpatient Treatment allows people with mental illness who are unable to cope on their own receive supervision while living in the community. This is an alternative to placing someone in an institution. Who is eligible for Assisted Outpatient Treatment? After a hearing, a person may be ordered to receive Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) if a court finds that he or she: is at least 18 years of age and suffers from a mental illness and is unlikely to survive in the community without supervision based on a clinical determination and has a history of non-compliance with treatment for mental illness which has led to 2 hospitalizations for mental illness in the preceding 3 years or resulted in at least 1 act of violence toward self or others, or threats of serious physical harm to self or others, within the preceding 4 years (time period may be extended in the event of current or recent hospitalizations) and is, as a result of his or her mental illness, unlikely to voluntarily participate in outpatient treatment that would enable him or her to live safely in the community and based on treatment history and current behavior, is in need of outpatient treatment to prevent a relapse or deterioration likely to result in serious harm to self or others and will likely benefit from Assisted Outpatient Treatment. 11. Lack of awareness of illness (anasognosia) must be considered when planning any mental illness treatment system and provision made for the implementation of some form of involuntary treatment (AOT) or conditional release for approximately 1% of all individuals with severe mental illnesses who are living in our communities. 12. Have community treatment of mentally ill individuals . They will only be successful if carried out by community mental illness centers. 13. Continuity of care, especially continuity of caregivers, is essential for good psychiatric care of individuals with serious mental illnesses. 14. For-profit funding of public mental illness services through social impact bonds and others. 15. Services for mentally ill persons must be prioritized to ensure that those who are sickest, pose the greatest risk to themselves and others will incur the greatest cost receives services first as the first priority. 16. Proper training in the issues associated with mental illness must be provided to all individuals associated with the criminal justice system. 17. For people with Autism: 1) All individuals with autism must have the right to have the condition of autism be considered first, and the implications of having autism be considered primary to any action taken by the criminal justice system prior to prosecution. 2)Individuals with autism must be protected under the American’s with Disabilities Act ensuring that their autism is not the reason for the conviction in a criminal justice action.