The problems PACT hopes to address are deeply rooted and complex, and will not yield easily. Our goal is to work toward a holistic solution, but that does not mean we are the "whole" solution. To that end, we are pleased and proud to work with many outstanding institutions with concurrent goals and broad expertise.

Campaign in Support of "C" Number Prisoners

C number logoC# prisoners are inmates in Illinois who were sentenced prior to 1978, under a now obsolete state law and given indeterminate, or open-ended sentences. Most of these men and women have spent a minimum of 15 years or more behind bars than those prisoners convicted of identical crimes after 1978. They tend to be model prisoners, many earning degrees and completing vocational training, and are leaders in the prison community. In general they have shown remorse, achieved good disciplinary records, and in essence changed their lives, and once released 90% never return to prison -- the highest rate of parole success in the entire Illinois Department of Corrections. Currently there is no objective set of criteria for determining parole worthiness, and thus time and time again the Prison Review Board denies parole based solely on "the seriousness of the offense," without acknowledging their rehabilitative efforts.

The Campaign in Support of C# Prisoners was created to not only help the prisoners described above, but also the families, friends, and communities that suffer as a result of their continued incarceration. This organizations goal is to establish a parole standard for indeterminate sentenced prisoners in the state of Illinois.

Citizens Alert

The goals of Citizens Alert are to make law enforcement agencies accountable to the public by:

  • Acting as civil rights advocates for victims of police brutality and abuse;
  • Providing information, counsel, and referrals;
  • Monitoring police conduct and policies to assure greater accountability to the public;
  • Building coalitions to involve other organizations in specific police issues;
  • Recommending policy changes that encourage more humane and effective law enforcement;
  • Educating the public on criminal justice matters.

Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic
Of the University of Chicago Law School

Photo of Mandel Legal Aid building at the UoCThe mission of the Clinic is to teach students effective advocacy skills, professional ethics, and the effect of legal institutions on the poor; to examine and apply legal theory while serving as advocates for people typically denied access to justice; and to reform legal education and the legal system to be more responsive to the interests of the poor. The Mandel Clinic renders assistance to indigent clients. Students assume responsibility, under the guidance of the full-time clinical faculty, for all aspects of the work. The program is intended to complement and enrich the theoretical study of law with experience in interviewing clients, investigating facts, dealing with adverse parties, working with government agencies, negotiating on behalf of clients, drafting contracts and legislation and participating in court and administrative proceedings. In addition, the Clinic seeks to acquaint students with the problems of professional responsibility and with the special issues of low-income clients and other disadvantaged groups. Students are encouraged to identify legal remedies for recurrent problems through new legislation, improvements in government services and benefits, assisting community-based groups and bar associations in their reform efforts, test cases and other types of law reform litigation.

John Howard Association of IllinoisJohn Howard Association logo

The John Howard Association of Illinois provides critical public oversight of the state’s prisons, jails, and juvenile correctional facilities.  As it has for more than a century, the Association promotes fair, humane, and effective sentencing and correctional policies, addresses inmate concerns, and provides Illinois citizens and decision-makers with information needed to improve criminal and juvenile justice.

National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers, Incnableo logo

The National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers, Inc is a premier national organization for men and women of color serving in the ranks of criminal justice system professionals, and has been in the forefront of bridging the gaps between the community and police since 2002.

National Black Police AssociationNBPA logo

The National Black Police Association is a nationwide organization of African American Police Associations dedicated to the promotion of justice, fairness, and effectiveness in law enforcement. The NBPA has several chartered organizations throughout the United States, and associate members in Canada, Bermuda, and the United Kingdom. The principal concerns of the NBPA center upon law enforcement issues and the effect of those issues upon the total community. The NBPA serves as an advocate for minority police officers and establishes a national network for the training and education of all police officers and others interested in law enforcement.

Probation Challenge Connection Network

probation challenge logoProbation Challenge is the brainchild of the Honorable Judge R. Eugene Pincham  and Rev. Harold E. Bailey, who in 1978, envisioned the program coming down the corridors of time, and into an age where young men and women would have an avenue of escape back into reality through the vehicle of education.

Probation Challenge was implemented in January of 1979 under the auspices of the Cook County court for the express purpose of serious rehabilitation.

Safer Foundationsafer foundation logo

The Safer Foundation, an Illinois not-for-profit 501©(3) organization, first opened its doors in Chicago in 1972 as an advocate for individuals with a criminal record in their efforts to obtain employment following release from prison or jail. Today the Safer Foundation is a premier provider of services to individuals with a criminal record with nine locations in Illinois and Iowa, and a staff of nearly 300.

Their mission is: To reduce recidivism by supporting, through a full spectrum of services, the efforts of people with criminal records to become employed, law-abiding members of the community.