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Justice 20/20: The Demand for Equity

BPI is working with Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) and the Illinois Justice Project (ILJP) to launch Justice 20/20: The Demand For Equity. This multi-year initiative will bring together individuals and organizations to collaborate to address issues within the Illinois…

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Decreasing The Illinois Prison Population

In 2021, BPI continued to fight to decrease the Illinois prison population equitably, including expanded mechanisms for midsentence review. Ashton Hoselton, BPI Staff Counsel and Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellow, fought for the parole of Mr. Allen, an inmate incarcerated at the Dixon Correctional Center who had…

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2020 Juneteenth Celebration

What to the Black Advocate is the Fourth of July?

On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave his prolific oration, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” in which he spoke to the values that the Founding Fathers aspired to––and how the country continued to fall short of those ideals as they relate to the treatment of Black people and the ongoing stain of slavery.

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A Moment of Reckoning

This weekend, thousands of Chicagoans came together from across the city, in anguish and anger, to decry the horrific brutality perpetrated against George Floyd. The protests were catalyzed by a single incident, but they were driven by a long and terrible…

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What Inspires Us

Our staff was recently posed the following question: “What’s inspiring you these days?” We’re all fortunate enough to be able to carry out our work from home, but many of our partners and colleagues are at the frontlines.  We’re thinking…

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Get to Know Cara Hendrickson

In late February, BPI was thrilled to welcome Cara Hendrickson as our new Executive Director. Little did we know that less than one month later we would be forced to transform into an organization working from home, re-examining our work…

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