Stop the 20 million dollar jail expansion!
  • Petitioned The Champaign County Board

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The Champaign County Board

Stop the 20 million dollar jail expansion!

    1. Petition by

      CU Citizens for Peace and Justice

The Champaign County Board is considering a proposal to spend $20 million on new jail cells. They claim the current downtown jail, built in 1980, is beyond repair. The Board plans to pay for the new jail cells from the public safety sales tax which brings in about $4 million per year. We say the Board, rather than spending $20 million on jail construction, should focus on investing in preventative services that will keep people out of jail and prison, things like youth job training, mental health centers, substance abuse treatment and re-entry programs for people returning home from prison.

To:
The Champaign County Board
We the undersigned oppose the Champaign County Board's proposal to spend $20 million on new jail cells. We believe the Board should spend this money funding preventative programs that will keep people out of jail and prison.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Lori Serb RANTOUL, IL
      • 3 months ago

      The money should be spent on alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders.

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    • joe cannata TAMPA, FL
      • 5 months ago

      Stop all privatization of the penal system.

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    • Stephanie Birch CHAMPAIGN, IL
      • about 1 year ago

      Jails are crippling our society and re-enslaving peoples of color. Bigger, better jails means you will need more people to fill cells.

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    • Megan Flowers CHAMPAIGN, IL
      • about 1 year ago

      The solution is not to throw more people in jail.

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    • Brandon Bowersox URBANA, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      We should not spend precious public resources expanding our jail. We absolutely may need to renovate the building to make it safe for workers and inmates alike. But adding more capacity is not something I can support until we have first invested in social services, prevention, and alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders.

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