“Especially after we've just commemorated the liberation of enslaved Black people in the U.S. on Juneteenth & are on the cusp of celebrating the 4th of July, we must reckon with the fact that we still have not achieved true freedom for millionsin our communities.” Katie Buitrago Director of Research
CHICAGO (PRWEB) June 29, 2020
Key findings include:
- There are 1,189 unique permanent punishment laws in Illinois. These state laws collectively act in 1,260 ways impacting people’s access to housing, employment, education and more.
- Nearly 3.3 million adults were arrested or convicted of a crime in Illinois since 1979.
- 982 permanent punishment laws in Illinois create punishments that prevent or hinder access to employment.
- Black people make up 13.8% of Illinois’s adult population but 28.9% of those who acquired arrest or conviction records, 34.9% of people who were convicted of crimes, and 45.3% of people who were convicted of felonies.
- 627,945 adults, or 19.2% of all people with an arrest record, were not convicted of a crime. Some permanent punishments still create barriers for those arrested but not convicted, and arrests can contribute to stigma because they can appear in some background checks and online searches.
- Black women make up 14.5% of all adult women in Illinois, but over a third of all women arrested or convicted of a crime.
See http://www.heartlandalliance.org/neverfullyfree for the full report.