Illinois Prison Project presents: Three Strikes, You’re Out
A thought-provoking discussion about the pernicious history of three strikes laws and their impact on communities.
Please join the Illinois Prison Project on March 16 for Three Strikes, You’re Out: How Three Strikes Laws Damage Communities and Drive Mass Incarceration.
Natalie Moore, a reporter at WBEZ Chicago who covers segregation and inequality, will host an insightful conversation with Pulitzer Prize Finalist Earlonne Woods and John “Yahya” Johnson of the podcast Ear Hustle, criminal legal reform advocate state Rep. Will Guzzardi (IL-39), and Willie Hobson, who served 36 years of a natural life sentence under Illinois’ three strikes law.
The expert panel, beginning at 7 PM will discuss the ways in which draconian three strikes laws, products of the tough-on-crime era, drive the mass imprisonment of disproportionately poor, Black people. Attendees will also learn about efforts to dismantle Illinois’ three strikes law and bring justice to the 300 people serving life sentences under the punitive measure.
Masks will be optional for this event.