Stepping Toward Justice: The Case for the Illinois Constitution Requiring More Protection than Not Falling Below "Cruel and Unusual" Punishment
Lyon, Andrea D
Brooks, Hannah J.
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In these tumultuous times, when our nation is trying to not only navigate a global pandemic, but also actually reckon with its long history of institutional racism, mass incarceration, and devastation of poor communities and communities of color, the cry for criminal justice reform is loud and getting louder, particularly regarding sentencing, and it is time for Illinois to require its courts to commit to doing more in accordance with our constitution. It is time for Illinois courts to permanently commit to doing more, to follow the dictates of its own constitution and, in sentencing, take seriously its directive of acting with the goal of returning an offender to useful citizenship.