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92_HR0776 LRB9216518BHbh 1 HOUSE RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, The adult female population in prisons in the 3 State of Illinois was 2,662 in 2001, a 208 percent increase 4 over the past ten years; and 5 WHEREAS, Of this population, less than 30 percent of 6 these female prisoners were incarcerated for committing 7 violent crimes; and 8 WHEREAS, Cook County Jail currently houses over 1,100 9 women on any given day, and of this population, approximately 10 90 percent are charged with non-violent crimes; and 11 WHEREAS, In prisons in the State of Illinois, 80 percent 12 of women are mothers and almost 50 percent have children 13 under five years of age; and 14 WHEREAS, Each year at least 25,000 children in the State 15 of Illinois are impacted by maternal incarceration; and 16 WHEREAS, An estimated 80 percent of all incarcerated 17 women in the State of Illinois suffer from substance abuse 18 problems; the State of Illinois can place only 12 percent of 19 all incarcerated women into its substance abuse programs; and 20 WHEREAS, It is a known fact that drug addiction causes 21 crime, destroys the family structure, creates havoc in 22 neighborhoods, and leaves paths of destruction in its wake; 23 individuals convicted of crimes who have not received 24 meaningful treatment while incarcerated continue to commit 25 crimes; and 26 WHEREAS, Community-based alternatives to incarceration 27 for women convicted of non-violent offenses would allow 28 children to stay with their mothers while their mothers 29 receive appropriate treatment; with the appropriate treatment 30 the mothers would be less likely to commit additional -2- LRB9216518BHbh 1 offenses and would be able to re-enter society as tax-paying 2 citizens; in addition, their children would be less likely to 3 become the next generation of incarcerated individuals; 4 therefore, be it 5 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 6 NINETY-SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that 7 we recognize May 10, 2002 as Mothers in Prison, Children in 8 Crisis Day in the State of Illinois; and be it further 9 RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be 10 presented to Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers 11 (C.L.A.I.M.).
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