Marlon Chamberlain will lead as a full-time Executive Director. He brings over 20 years of lived and professional experience, and is an advocate for people directly impacted by the criminal legal system. Marlon is a seasoned organizer, coalition manager, and legislative advocacy strategist. He most recently was the Fully Free Campaign Manager at Heartland Alliance. Previously, he served as the Englewood Project Manager with READI Chicago. Prior to that, he was a Community Organizer with the FORCE (Fighting to Overcome Records and Create Equality) Initiative, developing FORCE into one of the strongest organizations led by people with records to advance issues, policies, and legislation at the state level – including passing the largest sealing expansion law in the United States and leading a voter registration campaign. Marlon is a recipient of many awards, including the Visionary Award from Cabrini-Green Legal Aid.

Our partners and their roles vary, depending on the campaign with which they are most engaged. However, they include organizations like ACLU of Illinois, All of Us or None of Us, Alliance for Safety and Justice, Beyond the Walls, Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Equity and Transformation, Illinois Justice Project, Restore Justice Illinois, and the Safer Foundation.

We also work with consultants who are experts in Illinois policy and legislative advocacy.

Legislative champions and interested public officials are being recruited for the campaigns, and will again vary based on the timeline and the legislation. Several key Black Caucus legislators have taken a strong interest in being involved, such as State Representative Carol Ammons, State Representative Lakeisha Collins, State Representative Justin Slaughter, and State Senator Robert Peters.

As the various criminal legal system reform campaigns that are out there in Illinois make their way through the Illinois General Assembly, our organization is unique in that we are looking to lead efforts related to opening up opportunity to people with records on the back end of their system involvement. At the same time, we are intertwined with the other campaigns and working together with them to determine which should be upcoming priorities given the political climate in Illinois at any given time.