CURE IL’s mission, to ensure our Justice System be held accountable through a transparency policy that will monitor humane practices to ensure the incarcerated are treated with human dignity. To achieve this goal society must realize prisoners are human beings deserving of humane treatment and rehabilitation, so they may contribute to society rather than be a burden on taxpayers.
CURE IL is a nonprofit 501(3) c formed to educate and inform the public, so they understand the criminal justice system and the constitutional rights of inmates. We provide the information and tools necessary to advocate for a change to ensure the humane treatment of prisoners. CURE IL’s mission to contribute to a paradigm shift from viewing those involved with the criminal justice system as less than human and mentally deranged, to people deserving of humane treatment and rehabilitation so that they may contribute to society rather than a burden on taxpayers. Laws should protect society, not penalize poverty, mental illness, race or religion. We believe that prisons should be used only for the protection of society and that those incarcerated, should have all the resources they need to turn their lives around. Our Justice System must be held accountable through transparency that will monitor fair and compassionate policy implementation. Laws should protect society, not penalize poverty, mental illness, race or religion. We believe that prisons should be used only for the protection of society and that those incarcerated, should have all the resources they need to turn their lives around.
CURE IL believes returning a former inmate to society is a win-win for the individual, for society, and for the government. The costs involved in incarceration are returned to the taxpayer when an ex-offender can contribute to the social fabric.
Washington University in St. Louis recently did a study and puts the cost of our prison system at $1 trillion, the broader costs of incarceration dwarf the operational costs of the U.S. government. And disturbingly, more than half of that cost, researchers say, is borne by the families, children, and communities of incarcerated people.
One trillion dollars could probably fund a cure for cancer, a college education for every child in the US, feed all the starving children and elderly in North America, provide shelters for the homeless, fix all our countries infrastructure, treat the mentally ill and fund any number of other social ills.
By confronting the prosecutorial misconduct within our criminal justice system, that has created a wrongful conviction rate of 8-12 % in Illinois, based on recent Department of Justice data.
By relocating the mentally ill people who were “dumped” into the prison population, without proper medication or treatment, as a bureaucratic budget alternative to maintaining Illinois state mental health facilities.
By insisting that an inmate’s civil and human rights, as guaranteed by our Federal and State Constitutions, are an Illinois Department of Corrections priority, not an afterthought.