The Issue

The Far Reaching Impact

A single arrest can result in a cascade of barriers for an individual – the loss of employment, the loss of housing and the break-up of families. While we at CGLA work to prevent these consequences from happening, we also work to remove the collateral damage of arrest and conviction.

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Individuals AND Communities Suffer

Todd’s Story

Todd came to CGLA seeking help with an eviction from his subsidized apartment. His landlord was trying to evict him based on his son’s alleged crime, even though his son had moved out several years ago. Todd wasn’t home at the time of his son’s arrest and didn’t even know his son was on the property.
Todd’s landlord offered to settle, allowing him to stay in his home but he would have to agree to be responsible if his son engaged in criminal activity again… even if he was on the property without his consent. Even the judge advised the landlord’s attorneys that their terms were unfair during the pretrial conference.
After consulting with Todd, we went to trial and the judge found that his landlord failed to tie him to his son’s conduct. Todd was able to stay in his home with his other two children, without agreeing to the landlord’s unfair terms.


Illinois laws, rules and regulations that create barriers


million people in Illinois with a criminal record


children in Illinois with a parent incarcerated
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Todd's story is one of many. For over forty years, CGLA has been addressing the injustice caused by the criminal system – fighting for just outcomes in the criminal system, preserving housing stability and family connections, and removing barriers posed by past criminal records.

We are also engaging those people who have the most vested interest in a changed society – those directly impacted by the system. Together, we are changing laws, policies, and perceptions that overly punish and rarely forgive.

We are changing the status quo in Illinois. Find out how.

Our Solution

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King Jr.
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