Author Archives: James Kilgore

New Book by James Kilgore, Understanding Mass Incarceration

Frequent Public i contributor James Kilgore’s book Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People’s Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time was released September 1. Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow has called James “one of my … Continue reading

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FirstFollowers Reentry Program Opens Doors

Governor Bruce Rauner has pledged to reduce the state prison population by 25% over the course of the next ten years. At present there are over 400 people in Champaign County on state parole. If Rauner makes good on his … Continue reading

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Chuco’s Justice Center in Los Angeles: Home of “College Prep, Not Prison Prep”

In August I travelled to California as part of my research into the use of electronic monitoring in the criminal justice system. My first stop was a converted factory along the border between South Central Los Angeles and Inglewood, Chuco’s … Continue reading

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Voices from the No More Jails Campaign

In early 2012 the powers that be in Champaign County criminal justice brought forward a plan to close the downtown jail and build a massive extension onto the satellite facility in East Urbana. When the proposal came before the County … Continue reading

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21st Century Slavery, Electronic Style

Somewhere in the middle of a November night in 2009 I got a phone call from my then 95 year old mother. She said she had chest pains, had already phoned 911 and thought she was having a heart attack.  … Continue reading

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Fight to Stop New Jail Coming to a Head

I’ve been involved in the No New Jails in Champaign County campaign for over a year. Likely sometime in June or July our efforts will come to a head. The County Board likely will take a vote on whether to … Continue reading

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