"You have people working against mass incarceration right here. CU Citizens for Peace and Justice is doing the work and they need your help, volunteers, and money." - Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow
No More Jails in Champaign County!
Join us on Thursday, May 2nd at 6 p.m. at the Brookens Admin Building, 1776 E. Washington, Urbana for a public meeting with Dr. Kalmanoff and the County Board! Details below.
Dr. Kalmanoff is the Director of the Institute for Law and Policy Planning (ILPP), the firm hired by Champaign County to conduct a needs assessment regarding the county jail and related criminal justice issues. Dr. Kalmanoff has been interviewing people and gathering data for his assessment since November. You can read about the public hearing held with Dr. Kalmanoff here and watch the full video here.
Dr. Kalmanoff will present his draft report of the ILPP on the jail/criminal justice system to the County Board on April 30 at 6 p.m. at Brookens Administration Building, 1776 E. Washington St, Urbana.
On Thursday, May 2 also at 6 p.m., Dr. Kalmanoff will hold a public meeting to discuss the report. This will also be at Brookens Administration Building, 1776 E. Washington St, Urbana. Members of the public will be able to question him directly without the usual restrictions of board meetings. We encourage everyone who is interested in the issue of the jail and funding alternatives to incarceration to attend this meeting and make your voice be heard. Let this be the first time ever the newly renovated board room has been filled to capacity!!
To learn more about the No More Jails in Champaign County! campaign, click here.
As a multiracial group, CUCPJ has sought to expose and remedy racial and class inequities in a number of areas of life in the Champaign-Urbana community in Illinois. Since 2004, our action research regarding the criminal justice system has achieved many local gains and produced a large wealth of material on police accountability. These include critical histories we have connected to current cases of police abuse and the lack of transparency and accountability for police misconduct to help educate the public and advocate for victims and their families. Services we have provided to our community include our campaign against TASERs, support and referrals for families who have been the victims of police violence (including legal support and resources for two black activists charged for a "copwatch" program), reforming Champaign county jail in the wake of several inmate deaths, and the establishment of a legal fund.
Read more about our accomplishments and activities here!
We are striving for a non-violent community in which community members eschew violence against others, and the police treat all people equally, and use the miniumum force necessary to carry out their duties
1. We have the right to observe & tape the police.
2. End a legacy of overcharging & excessive sentences.
3. Fair & equal application of justice.
4. No new jail.
5. Increase funding to the public defender’s office.
6. Build alternatives to incarceration. Heal our community.
7. Provide black defendants a jury of their peers - no all white juries.
8. Establish Citizen Review Boards of the Police county-wide.
9. Stop Racial Profiling.
10. No tasers for the police.
11. Stop jailing the mentally ill, including addicts.
Please see Our Accomplishments page, for a timeline of CUCPJ.