Illinois spends hundreds of millions of dollars every year locking up elderly people like Janet L. Jackson. Although just 65 years old, Jackson's arthritis means that she often needs a wheelchair to get around the Logan Correctional Center, one of only two women's prisons in Illinois. But her mind is sharp.
The governor announced a new state initiative Monday focused on bringing ideas to change the state's criminal justice system to a single place. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed an executive order Monday to create the Justice, Equity and Opportunity Initiative. "It's time to reduce recidivism and reentry through a holistic approach that addresses opportunity both inside and outside our prisons," Pritzker said.
Commutations are up 563% in the past 18 months. Ginnie Graham looks at the Pardon and Parole Board's new direction
A little more than 15 years ago, I attended an Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board meeting where a member turned his back to an inmate who was asking for another chance. The member was making a statement, whether of disgust, boredom or disrespect was unclear.
After nearly a decade of no pardons in Wisconsin, Gov. Evers say he will use his executive power to issue pardons.
Florida used to hold clemency hearings for people condemned to death. Now there are none. Governors used to occasionally grant mercy, but none has done so since 1983. Courts are not perfect. Florida's new Cabinet should restore the chance of clemency to the scales of justice.