Jan 19th 2019

The Long Term: Learning from the Juvenile Justice Parole Bill

@ Art On 51st

1238 W 51st St, Chicago, IL 60609

Opening Saturday, January 19th, from 1PM - 3:30PM

On view through Friday, March 1st

Join us for a lunch-time reception for the Long Term exhibition and a discussion:
Learning from the Juvenile Justice Parole Bill.
Over the last six years organizers have met with legislators across the state to pass the first parole bill in IL since 1978. Despite resistances from conservative legislators across the state, organizers were able to pass (pending Gov. Rauner’s signature) a bill that has both limits and possibilities. Learn about the challenges to passing reform legislation in the state and next steps to expanding parole to others serving long or life sentences. Join us for a discussion with Julie Anderson from Communities & Relatives of Illinois Incarcerated Children at Precious Blood Ministries, Marshan Allen from Restore Justice Foundation and others about the stuggle.

The discussion will start at 2pm

This panel discussion is part of the exhibition The Long Term at Art on 51st. from Jan 19, 2019-March 2019.
Between 2016-2018, artists, writers and members of the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project created a series of thematic works around long-term sentencing policies and the other long terms they produce: long-term struggles for freedom, long-term loss in communities, and long-term relationships behind the prison wall. These projects emerged out of classes and collaborative work at Stateville prison, where people are serving extraordinarily long prison terms (60, 70 and 80 years), often for crimes for which they would have already been released, had they been sentenced 30 years earlier, or in a different country. The works in this exhibition examines the impacts of life and long sentences and demands an end to death by incarceration.

** photograph by Daris Jasper

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