ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Men who served hard time in Illinois state prisons speak out against the injustices they feel exist in them by reading a play in Rockford.
Three men who served hard time in the state pen read a play written by men still serving long sentences at Stateville Correctional Center. They did so at JustGoods at 201 7th Street in Rockford. The group says the play tells the story of a day in the life of an inmate at the prison and highlights how poorly prisoners are treated there and how inmates are seen as less the human even when they get out.
"These people are human,” said Jim Chapman of the Illinois Institute for Community Law. “They're intelligent, they're communicative. Despite terrible odds they have stayed out of prison, been in no trouble and in many instances are playing a big contributing role, particularly with youth in the community."
The group says they go around the state presenting the play in hopes that it touches enough people to demand real changes to Illinois prisons.
Rockford Urban Ministries hosted the event and will host a similar prison themed event tomorrow night featuring live music at JustGoods.