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Justice 20/20 Virtual Summer Convening

On June 21, 2022, BPI and other members of the Justice 20/20 Network Coordinating Committee (the Illinois Justice Project, Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Blackroots Alliance, the Illinois Prison, and the Full Free Campaign), hosted a virtual summer convening for the Justice 20/20 Network. This Network is an inclusive community…

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Chicago Police Department Foot Pursuit Policy

Over the last year, a coalition of lawyers and Latinx community non-profits — Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, Pilsen Law Center, BPI, and Illinois Latino Agenda – have worked together to demand an official Chicago Police Department (CPD) foot pursuit…

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Time for Action

While so much can be said about the recent Supreme Court opinions, including gutting the right to reproductive freedom and weakening tools available to protect communities from gun violence, now is the time for action. The Court’s efforts to turn back…

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BPI: Past, Present and Future

For over 50 years, BPI has been committed to addressing the structural racism and systemic oppression that has led to inequities and injustices. Today, we continue to guide and support efforts to dismantle systems of injustice, create structures that empower…

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The Resilience Journals

BPI is highlighting the voices of formerly incarcerated scholars through The Resilience Journals. This series of interviews celebrates the life and work of Eric Blackmon, Bernida Davenport, and Michael Tafolla – three formerly incarcerated individuals who work to improve the social, legal, and economic conditions of…

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BPI Explores the Current HEP Landscape in Illinois

On March 18, 2022, the Criminal Legal System team hosted a panel discussion about the need to expand HEP in Illinois. Shareese Pryor, BPI’s Senior Staff Counsel, Director of Criminal Legal System and Police Accountability, was joined by Representative Carol Ammons, Illinois State…

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Higher Education in Prison

Higher education in prison (HEP) is critical for the dignity and well-being of incarcerated individuals. BPI’s former Staff Counsel, Marsheda Ewulomi, and former Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellow and Staff Counsel, Ashton Hoselton, created the policy report, Higher Education in Prison: Understanding its Power and Fulfilling its Promise…

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BPI Interviews Author and Law Professor, Sheryll Cashin

On September 24, BPI’s Co-Director of Public Housing and Mobility, Senior Staff Counsel, Alexander Polikoff, interviewed Sheryll Cashin and discussed her new book, White Space, Black ‘Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality. This in-depth conversation will…

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Ida B. Wells Monument Unveiled

As a member of the Ida B. Wells Monument Committee and fiscal sponsor of this project, BPI attended the unveiling of the monument in June 2021. Created by sculptor Richard Hunt, the monument honoring renowned journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells…

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