Our poster of “A History of the Champaign County Jail”: bpnj-history-of-the-jail-referendum-update-1-2
Overview of Racial Disparity in Champaign County informational sheet by Build Programs, Not Jails; 2015
Champaign County Criminal Justice System Assessment: Final Report, 2013 by the Institute for Law and Policy Planning
Overview of Recommendations to Champaign County Regarding the Criminal Justice System by Build Programs, Not Jails; March 2015
Jail Population Snapshot 2015 – Additional data can be found in our report: Snapshot of Who is in the Champaign County Jail 2015.
Materials presented to the Racial Justice Task Force on April 14th, 2016 can be found on this post.
“Private Prisons: Just Bit Players in Mass Incarceration” by James Kilgore
“BLMCU is committed to working vigorously for the freedom, justice, and dignity of Black people, and by extension all people. As we forge our path, we intentionally build and nurture a community that is bonded together through a restorative struggle. As a chapter of the Black Lives Matter Network, we will engage in collective action against anti-Black racism in Champaign-Urbana.”
“The Champaign-Urbana Immigration Forum is a group of immigrants, students, clergy, service providers, labor union representatives, residents and community organizations concerned about the progress and plight of immigrants in the Champaign County community (Central Illinois).”
“The mission of the Education Justice Project is to build a model college-in-prison program that demonstrates the positive impacts of higher education upon incarcerated people, their families, the communities from which they come, the host institution, and society as a whole.”
“Our mission at FirstFollowers is to build strong and peaceful communities. In order to accomplish this, we provide support and guidance to the formerly incarcerated, their loved ones, and the community as a whole.
Our organization offers:
A safe stigma free environment
Assistance with employment searches
Job readiness training
Advocacy for individuals with felony convictions
FirstFollowers is a community based organization that operates a drop-in center located at Bethel A.M.E. Church which is located at 401 E. Park Street in Champaign, IL. Although we are not a religious based program, Bethel’s pastor, Larry Lewis, and his congregation has blessed us with a safe nurturing space that allows us to administer to the needs of the community. Our hours of operation are Tuesdays and Thurdays from 1 pm to 5 pm. Please drop-in to see us!”
“We are a student organization at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign dedicated to incarceration awareness.”
“An Urbana Illinois based project providing books to Illinois inmates at no cost by mail as well as through two county jail libraries which we operate.” Volunteers welcome.