Category Archives: incarceration

UC Books to Prisoners Ships Thousands of Books in Mega-Packing Day

On Monday March 16th, with the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States beginning to skyrocket, many who were able were already taking steps to work remotely and shelter-in-place. But, down in the basement of the Independent Media Center, … Continue reading

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Criminal Justice Reform to Return Dignity to our Community

This statement by 103rd District Illinois State Representative Carol Ammons was made to the Champaign County Board on October 24, 2019. It has been edited to fit in our print edition; the full version is in our online edition at … Continue reading

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The Trump Administration Just Opened a New Immigrant Prison in Rural Michigan

From his office at the Cristo Rey Church in Lansing, Mich., Oscar Castañeda runs a campaign against a new federal immigrant prison, part of President Donald Trump’s escalation of immigration enforcement. In May, 2019, the Trump administration awarded a ten-year, … Continue reading

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FirstSteps Community House

“Our community needs a transitional house … we’re gonna reach out and help people get employment, help them bond back with their families and be able to give back to the community.” — Casandis Hunt, peer mentor at FirstFollowers, talking … Continue reading

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Incarcerated Activists Raise the Bar on Parole

Over-incarceration in this country takes many forms. One form that is particularly egregious in Illinois is that of keeping people imprisoned for years, or even decades, beyond the time that they pose any risk to public safety—and even beyond their … Continue reading

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Opposition to the Proposed ICE Dwight Detention Center Continues.

Efforts to halt the construction of a 1200-bed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility in Dwight, Illinois continue at both the state and local level. The proposed facility would be built and operated by the Virginia-based, for-profit prison company … Continue reading

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