Is IL judicial system
fair and just for everyone?

WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF OUR
LEGAL SYSTEM ON SOCIETY?

Should we be concerned about
money influencing judicial races

How do we make information about
judges more accessible to voters?

What should the courts do to make
sure everyone receive a fair trial?

Judicial Reform

Illinois judges uphold the laws and constitution of our state. Explore what Illinois’ judicial system should look like to ensure that everyone is guaranteed access to justice.

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User Guide
The User Guide explains the NextGen Illinois process and leads you through the steps to get involved. Read through it, join a caucus and take action.

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#problem: people don't vote for their judges bason on their record
people are not educated about their judges and what they stand for
people skip judicial elections on the ballot
more requirements for people who are running for judicial positions

3 years, 5 months ago
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There are too many laws on the books that create inequality in the judicial system
ex: mandatory minimums for crack cocaine vs. powder cocaine


3 years, 5 months ago
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We could educate people about judges and judicial candidates by setting up a website where you can see a list of judges with summaries of their opinions and case rulings. This would be state sponsored and would help people learn about judges.

3 years, 5 months ago
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Jocelyn Ramirezcheap labor from inmates
get less people in jail
have a system that rehabilitates rather than punishes
lower court costs-have translators-fair trials
#due process

3 years, 4 months ago
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Rachael BowenTy says prisons need better mental health services #prisonreform

3 years, 4 months ago
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Sara RennDino says the government should make an extra effort to publicize controversial court cases. #publicknowledge #efficiency

3 years, 4 months ago
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Sara RennStender says the education system should be educating students more on the judicial process and system so we can be informed adults. #publicknowledge #efficiency

3 years, 4 months ago
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Katie Page#PolicySolution #WeNeedMoreLawyers
Have something like a law firm for youth. Expert lawyers for youth cases that are separate from lawyers for adults.
All Lawyers should be educated in Social Justice as a requirement. - Emony

3 years, 4 months ago
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Rachael BowenSal says there should be a service for people who are about to commit a crime and don't have anyone to talk to- money should go here #lessmoneyinjudicialsystem

3 years, 4 months ago
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Sara RennAkila says there should be different options for juvenile offenders aside from jail. Deliberate with a group of like minded kids, some sort of Peer Jury to recommend counseling and alternative solutions for the juvenile offender. #efficiency

3 years, 4 months ago
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Anna NathansonMaya says (on #campaigning) that in judicial elections there should be full elections with multiple candidates instead of judicial retention votes.

3 years, 4 months ago
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Jocelyn RamirezJudicial Reform
Illinois is at the worst end
The process for waiting trials has increased-How can one work and provide while awaiting trials

3 years, 4 months ago
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Jocelyn RamirezSupreme Court chastised local courts-
Not doing a good job of handling cases
long time to be heard trial
representation in court is unfair-no translators, no due process? lawyers are in it for the money
#due process


3 years, 4 months ago
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Jocelyn Ramirezhuge disparities between minorities and white people
#dueprocess

3 years, 4 months ago
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Jocelyn Ramirezlot of people get roped into prison
#dueprocess

3 years, 4 months ago
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Rachael Bowen#Prisonreform #lessmoneyinjudicialsystem #moremoneyfromfederalcorrections

3 years, 4 months ago
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Katie Page#WeNeedMoreLawyers
#WeNeedInterpreters that understand the nuances of every situation -
Group 2
Emony, Jessica, Alex, Tanyi, Meghna

3 years, 4 months ago
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Sara RennThe group says nobody knows this stuff, who's in the court system, nobody cares but it does effect us even if we don't see it. We aren't educated about these things. #publicknowledge #efficiency

3 years, 4 months ago
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Anna NathansonMeranea says in order to have #fairtrials all defendants should have translators if they need them.

3 years, 4 months ago
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Anna NathansonIlse says to have #fairtrials we need to increase the amount of time spent on each case.

3 years, 4 months ago
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Anna NathansonThe groups agrees that judges and public defenders should come from the community they serve.

3 years, 4 months ago
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Sara RennEric says citizens need to pay attention when information regarding the judicial system is given to us. Often times information is out there but we aren't listening. Sophie added we need to build an active citizenship. #publicknowledge #efficiency

3 years, 4 months ago
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Sara RennEric suggested that those awaiting trial should have the option to be on house arrest instead of sitting in jail. #efficiency

3 years, 4 months ago

Sara RennSophie says that those arrested are innocent until proven guilty! #efficiency

3 years, 4 months ago
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Rachael BowenSebastino says school discipline policies should focus on root caucus not just reactionary#prisonreform

Zach Says prisoners should be able to earn a degree while on the inside. #prisonreform

Sal Says people should be getting paid better. They should be getting better educational opportunities and be exposed to other books besides the bible. Have better reentry. #prisonreform

Sal says curriculum should be diverse and we should lean out own history so we can understand why we are violent #prisonreform

Gloria Says- students should be involved in the disciplinary process. I would abide by rules made by my friends rather than by adults #prisonreform

Ty says teacher discretion should be eliminated in discipline policies- I think a combination of peer and discipline board #prisonreform

3 years, 4 months ago
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Rachael BowenTy says the money for judicial should be spent elsewhere #lessmoneyinjudicialsystem

Golria says the state should spend more money on education than on prisons #lessmoneyinjudicialsystem

3 years, 4 months ago
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Rachael BowenSal says there should be more money for after school programs #lessmoneyinjudicialsystem

3 years, 4 months ago
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Sara RennLynn mentioned that families of those involved in the jail system are effected, their lives are effected and job opportunities. #publicknowledge #efficiency

3 years, 4 months ago
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Rachael BowenTy says a restorative justice group and programs would be helpful in schools #lessmoneyinjudicialsystem

Golria says there should be more service learning based schools where we learn about the community and build morals and values #lessmoneyinjudicialsystem

Sal is emphasizing programs that are available 24hrs for youth #lessmoneyinjudicialsystem

3 years, 4 months ago
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Happy Hour caucusIncrease law #education in K-12 public schools.

3 years, 3 months ago
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Happy Hour caucusWe can make sure that judges are impartial by carefully regulating back-channeling and bribery.

3 years, 3 months ago
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Happy Hour caucusIL should make structured and comprehensive civic education classes in CPS grades 4-12.

3 years, 3 months ago
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Happy Hour caucusJuries should be more racially and economically diverse. This could be done by increasing the incentives to serve on a jury so low-income people don't try to get out of juries.

3 years, 3 months ago
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Happy Hour caucus#CivilRights Make a camera feed of all police-civilian interface in order to increase accountability.

3 years, 3 months ago
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Happy Hour caucusChange the stigma behind public defenders.

3 years, 3 months ago
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Happy Hour caucusMake sure that public defenders get paid a decent salary and limit the money spent by prosecutors.

3 years, 3 months ago
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Happy Hour caucusReform bail/ bonds so people aren't held just because they're poor.

3 years, 3 months ago
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Happy Hour caucusIL should make new community policing protocols.

3 years, 3 months ago
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Happy Hour caucusAssign each public defender fewer cases.

3 years, 3 months ago
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