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The Future of Long Prison Sentences: Opportunities and Obstacles

Thursday, March 23, 2023, 9:00 AM until 11:30 AM
Loyola University Chicago (Regents Hall, 16th Floor, Lewis Towers)
111 East Pearson Street
Chicago, IL  60611
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Please join the Council on Criminal Justice and Loyola Chicago’s Center on Criminal Justice to discuss the final report of the Council’s Task Force on Long Sentences, which is scheduled for release on March 21. Following discussion of the task force’s key findings and recommendations, experts will discuss implications for public safety and justice in Illinois, including recent efforts to address the state’s use of long prison sentences.

The Task Force on Long Sentences

In the spring of 2022, the Council launched the Task Force on Long Sentences to assess drivers of growth in the number of people sentenced to 10 years or more behind bars, the effectiveness of long sentences in preventing and deterring crime, and the effects of those sentences on racial disparities, incarcerated people and their families, crime victims and survivors, communities, and correctional staff.

Co-chaired by former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and former South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy, the Task Force included 14 other members representing a broad range of experience and perspectives, including crime victims and survivors, formerly incarcerated people, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement, courts, and corrections officials. Task Force Director John Maki previously led the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority and the John Howard Association.