Illinois NOW Action Alert
Please call your state senator today and urge them to vote YES on HB 1958.
As you recall HB 1958, bans shackling pregnant female prisoners. The bill as amended affects ONLY Cook Countyjail – not state prisons, downstate jails, or arrests by local police. Senator Hutchinson, the lead sponsor in the senate, committed to work with state corrections and the IL Sheriff Association on their bill, and we need to pass this Cook County version now. It addresses the safety of the mother and fetus and addresses correctional concerns by allowing exceptions when there is risk of harm or escape. It imposes best practice and government transparency through a reporting provision. Cook County has been using this framework since February 14 with no incidents.
Please go towww.ilga.gov to find contact info for your senator or call the Capitol switchboard at 217/782-2000 and ask to be connected to your senator. All you have to do is leave a message to urge your senator to VOTE YES ON HB 1958. Our downstate senators especially need to hear from us.