Resources and Documents

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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 Community Justice Task Force Recommendations, 2013

Champaign County Criminal Justice System Assessment: Final Report, 2013 by the Institute for Law and Policy Planning

Community Justice Collaborative Report on the Jail (4) to the Champaign County board March 10, 2020

Incarceration’s Front Door: The Misuse of Jails in America, Vera Institute of Justice, 2015

Overview of Recommendations to Champaign County Regarding the Criminal Justice System by Build Programs, Not Jails; March 2015

Preliminary Findings of the Urbana IDOT Traffic Stop Data Task Force, 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. 


“Fighting Mass Incarceration Under Trump: New Strategies, New Alliances” by James Kilgore

“Private Prisons: Just Bit Players in Mass Incarceration” by James Kilgore

“Racism and Mass Incarceration in the US Heartland: Historical Roots of the New Jim Crow” by James Kilgore


Black Lives Matter Champaign-Urbana

“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.”

C-U Immigration Forum

“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).”

Education Justice Project

“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.”

First Followers Reentry

“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

  • Peer mentoring

  • Assistance with employment searches

  • Job readiness training

  • Advocacy for individuals with felony convictions

  • Family reunification

  • Service referrals

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!”

Prison Justice Project

“We are a student organization at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign dedicated to incarceration awareness.”

Urbana Champaign Books to Prisoners

“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.