Who We Are
CURE IL, Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants, is a nonprofit 501(3)(c) formed to educate and inform the public about the criminal justice system and the constitutional rights of inmates, as well as to promote transparency and best practices to ensure accountability within our justice system.
(A) prisoner does not enter the prison gate destitute of all constitutional rights.
— Jackson v. Hollowell, 714 F. 2d 1372, 1383 (5th Circuit, 1983)
CURE IL’s mission is to hold the Justice System accountable through a transparency policy that will monitor human practices to ensure that the incarcerated are treated with human dignity.
Our Justice System must be held accountable by transparency that will monitor humane policy implementation that will adhere to Section 11 of the Illinois Constitution, “with the objective of restoring the offender to useful citizenship.”
Our vision is to move society 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 they may contribute to society rather than be a burden on taxpayers.
By treating incarcerated individuals as humans worthy of contributing to our society, and working to rehabilitate them to break the cycle of crime and justice, not only will we have a more financially strong state: we’ll have created a better system.
We believe that:
- Prisons should be used only for the protection of society.
- The incarcerated should have all the resources they need to turn their lives around.
- Laws should protect society, not penalize poverty, mental illness, race or religion.
What we do
We provide the public the information and educational tools necessary to advocate for a change to ensure the humane treatment of prisoners.
Madeleine helped launch a project that eventually led to Illinois becoming the first state to approve the use of Social Impact Bonds statewide, as a means of investing in programs that address the problems of social and health issues, while saving the public sector money. Currently, a group has been formed to address criminal justice and the mentally ill through a jail diversion program.
One of the consequences of imprisonment is lack of outlets for the incarcerated to give back to society. One of the most difficult hurdles in literacy training is the continuity of volunteers to teach. Madeleine brokered a program with the Federal Prison System that addresses different social needs, such as the problems of adult illiteracy and the wasting of the education and training of white collar criminals who are incarcerated. This program, currently in a test stage in Bakersfield, CA answers both problems.
A parent may lose custody of their child if their incarceration extends beyond 18 months. This is a devastating potential for parent, child, and society. A potentially effective resolve may be enacted by the use of an existing Public Act with the cooperation of significant social agencies to provide an effective halfway house allowing children to be with their parents, Madeleine spearheaded the effort to obtain approvals and cooperation from the agencies is critical to support of potential of this new program. This program is funded by Social Impact Bonds and is currently being tested at two women’s shelters.
Creating her life’s second (or third) chapter, Sheri returned to school to earn a Masters in Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Illinois. She is passionate about Mental Health education and advocacy and believes in the humane treatment of all people. In addition to her work with CURE IL and the newly minted Criminal Justice Summit, Sheri offers individual and group therapy in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. Visit her therapy work at The Grief Compass.
Help bring civil rights oversight to Illinois prisons.
Our organization is entirely funded by donations like yours. With your help, we can continue the fight to bring oversight and and transparency to the prison system.