Build Programs, Not Jails!

Join our campaign to stop Champaign county from building a $32 million jail and investing instead in programs and services to help our community thrive!

Take Action! Build Programs, Not Jails meets regularly at the Independent Media Center in Urbana, IL. Check back often for our updated meeting schedule.

Connect with us


Recent News

Public Event with Build Programs, Not Jails and State Representative Carol Ammons
Participate with State Representative Carol Ammons and Build Programs, Not Jails as we examine and discuss the future of Criminal Justice in Champaign County.
Jails: Time to Wake Up to Mass Incarceration in Your Neighborhood
Build Programs, Not Jails member, James Kilgore examines the need to add jails to the discussion of mass incarceration. Check out his recent article on Truthout.
Needs Assessment Submitted: What Next?
On September 24th, Dr. Alan Kalmanoff presented the needs assessment on the criminal justice system to the County Board. This brought an investigation which lasted more than a year to a close. Kalmanoff's report largely concurred with what the Board appointed Community Justice Task Force had presented in their submission in June. Both have emphasized the need for a thorough re-working of the criminal justice system and downplayed any notion of building new jails cells.
View all updates »


Have a story to tell? Add your story
Carol Ammons Talk - May 30, 2015
State Rep. Carol Ammons speaking on the future of the criminal justice system in Champaign County at the Urbana Civic Center.
Public Forum on Future of Champaign County Criminal Justice System 4/30/15
Full video of the program of speakers, including the keynote by Carol Ammons, state representative from Champaign-Urbana.
Lloyd Carter Jr. asks how things got so bad for the Champaign criminal justice system.
View all stories »