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People's Convening for Pretrial Freedom

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State House Inn a Red Collection Hotel

101 East Adams Street

Springfield, IL 62701

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Join the Coalition to End Money Bond for the first gathering of the Illinois Network for Pretrial Justice on July 13, 2019 in Springfield!

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Across Illinois, a movement for pretrial justice is growing. Join the Coalition to End Money Bond for the first gathering of the Illinois Network for Pretrial Justice on July 13, 2019 in Springfield, IL! At the People’s Convening for Pretrial Freedom, people from across the state will gather to share knowledge, build relationships, and develop strategies to end unjust pretrial practices and build toward a more just future in our state!

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served and advance registration is required.

Event Schedule: 12-4pm: Program, 4-5pm: March and rally

Transportation: There will be busses leaving from Chicago on the morning of July 13th and returning that evening. People traveling from other communities will be carpooling, taking the train or bus, and/or using vans or other shared transportation. If you have questions, please check in with the people in your community who invited you to this event or email us at info@endmoneybond.org.

More information: Every year, more than 250,000 people are admitted to Illinois’ 92 jails. Ninety percent of them are incarcerated pretrial, without having been convicted of a crime -- a much higher rate than the national average of 67%. This year, Illinois has a unique opportunity to move toward a drastic reduction in the number of people jailed while awaiting trial by ending unaffordable money bond, an unjust practice that causes immense harm to communities with less access to wealth, particularly Black, Brown, and impoverished families.

In December 2017, the Illinois Supreme Court convened a Commission on Pretrial Practices which will make recommendations for reforms to this unjust system in December 2019. We’re calling on the Commission to recommend a Supreme Court Rule that would end the unjust practice of using unaffordable money bonds to incarcerate people pretrial. Commission members and other policymakers will be invited to hear from and speak with people impacted by pretrial incarceration as well as policy experts and organizers and community members from across Illinois at the People’s Convening for Pretrial Freedom.

The convening will also feature workshops from experts on electronic monitoring and risk assessment tools, an art-making session, and a rally and march. Make your voice heard and join us as we come together to free our people!

Learn more about the Coalition to End Money Bond at www.endmoneybond.org!

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