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E. King Poor quoted in article “Imprisoned for poverty”

Illinois Times

Following is an excerpt: 

Cordrey is currently being held in the Peoria County jail. After he served his additional three years of parole in prison, he was released and picked up by police in late October 2014 while walking on a highway near Peoria. Because Cordrey is homeless, he was deemed to have violated the terms of his sex offender registration, which means he will likely be sent back to prison.

Poor says even though Cordrey and other parolees have committed crimes, they still deserve the protection of the law.

“We’re judged by how we respect our Constitution,” he said. “These prisoners have completed their terms. To deny them release just because they’re too poor to afford housing violates the most fundamental principles of our government.”


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