PEORIA, IL -- From a news release:
Greater Peoria League of Women Voters Program on
John Baldwin, the new Director of Corrections for the State of Illinois, will speak on "Correcting Corrections in Illinois" at the April 7 dinner meeting of the League of Women Voters.
The event begins with a social hour at 5 pm with dinner at 6 pm on April 7 in the Waterhouse Ballroom in the Maxam Building, 316 SW Washington, Peoria. (Free and ample parking is available.)
With a $1.3 billion Operating budget, seriously over capacity prisons, and the governor's goal of a 25% reduction in prison population by 2025, Director Baldwin and the State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform are looking at many solutions. LWVIL as part of the Justice Coalition for Safety and Fairness wants included: awarding credits for time served; post-sentencing reviews; restoring judicial discretion regarding firearms; raising the age of criminal responsibility to 21. Some of the solutions may address mental health issues, skill training while imprisoned, and alternatives to incarceration.
While lowering State costs, these will increase the need for local services and funding. How will local services be fairly reimbursed?
Baldwin will speak at 7 pm. There will be a raffle drawing at 8pm.
The event costs $50, with reservations are due by March 31. Checks should be made out to LWVIL EDUCATION FUND, and mailed to League of Women Voters Greater Peoria, 623 W Stratford Drive, Peoria, Il 61614. PayPal is available on the website: www.lwvgp.org.
The League is a non-partisan, issues oriented, volunteer, member-directed organization committed to open, responsive and effective government brought about by informed, involved citizens with membership open to both men and women in Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties. For more information, go to www.lwvgp.org.
Inquires may be directed to Cheryl Budzinski, at 309-253-9594 or email@example.com