FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 28, 2019
Three of the four Cook County Jail detainees to join Rev. Jackson Saturday
Jackson calls for national jail reform
Chicago: Three of the four Cook County detainees Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. bailed out of jail on Christmas day will be at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition live broadcast 10 a.m. Saturday, December 28th, at the Parkway Ballroom, 4455 S. King Drive, where Rev. Jackson will call for alternative sentencing for low-level/non-violent offenders.
Joining Rev. Jackson will be former Cook County Jail detainee Dionte Johnson, 19, Aaron Kinzer, 22, and Brian Serratos, 29.
“Low-level, non-violent offenders should not have to spend long periods of time in jail because they cannot make bail,” said Rev. Jackson who is calling for alternative sentencing like electronic monitoring rather than incarceration.
Rev. Jackson is calling for a national law patterned after the one passed by the Illinois General Assembly that was successfully pushed by humanitarian Dr. Willie Wilson which enables low-level, non-violent offenders to stay out of jail while awaiting their court date.
Concerned about those detainees who cannot make bail and continue to languish in jail, Rev. Jackson will head a Social Justice Women Empowerment panel where he will call for major changes in the criminal justice system.
The panelists will be: Cook County Court of the Circuit Court Dorothy Brown who will talk about the inequities in the pretrial detention system, Bishop Tavis Grant, pastor of the Greater First Baptist Church, Tonia Thomas, Pembroke District 259 Board member, Hopkins Park Trustee, president Ladies of Pembroke Book Club; Kristen Pittman, Rainbow PUSH accountant, who will talk about student loan debt crisis and recommended changes.
Rev. Jackson continues to fight for these social justice issues including calling on tech companies to donate computers to Cook County Jail and similar facilities throughout the nation so that detainees can have access to computer training while in those institution.
There will be a presentation of women honorees for 2019.
Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world.