Man on parole arrested in drug case

Man on parole arrested in drug case

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man on parole for a drug conviction was arrested Tuesday for allegedly having cocaine intended for sale at his home.

Urbana police Sgt. Dan Morgan said Cory D. Jackson, 24, who listed an address in the 1500 block of Lincolnshire Drive, was arrested about 9 a.m. Tuesday by Urbana police, who were working with parole agents on compliance checks.

Morgan said police found about 1.5 grams of crack cocaine, $7,000 in cash, and three cell phones in Jackson's apartment. They arrested him for possession with intent to deliver cocaine, the same crime for which he was sentenced in 2006 to 10 years in prison.

Jackson was to appear in Champaign County Circuit Court Wednesday.

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areader wrote on February 15, 2012 at 12:02 pm

How many criminals who receive approval for parole should actually NOT be released for parole?  Perhaps a good topic to research!  IMO, parole should be banished from the legal system--my reason for making this statement, too many parolees are just not staying on the straight and narrow path (and from my reading, parolees are committing much more serious crimes than this one).  I'm just saying . . .

Champaign Co. Firecracker wrote on February 15, 2012 at 2:02 pm

I disagree, community corrections is a part of rehabilitation. If prisoners are going to be released back into the community eventually, then I think it only makes sense to have some surveillance by authorities to ensure the safety of the others. If anything Champaign County should model what Mayor Richard Daily did in Chicago and partner up with businesses that will employ re-entry prisoners. One of the main reasons recidivism is so high among prisoners is because they are not given a fair shot at starting over and making corrective efforts to become productive citizens. (i.e. stable housing, jobs, education). I think Parole/Probation should be restructured in a way that makes sure prisoners are succeeding after they pay they debt to society (i.e. prison time).


Sorry friend your way off your marker!!!

sameeker wrote on February 15, 2012 at 1:02 pm

If they quit chasing all of the drug people, the county would go bankrupt. You know that they would not lay off any cops who were not needed anymore. They need to focus on real crime and not revenue.

Joe SixPack wrote on February 15, 2012 at 7:02 pm


What most people don't realize is drug enforcement is necessary because it leads to more violent crimes against persons. The home invasions, shootings, murders, robberies, etc. that you read and hear about....9 times out of 10 those are the direct results of drugs; whether it be a botched attempt to buy drugs, steal drugs, or steal things in order to ultimately get drugs. I would call that "real crime". If you wouldn't, I would like to hear what your definition of "crime" is. 

Yer mom wrote on February 15, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Please get this straight:  probation is offered to convicted offenders prior to jail/prison time.  Parole is supervised release post-incarceration.  These things are not synonomous and are mutually exclusive; i.e., one can receive probation and never parole.

Champaign Co. Firecracker wrote on February 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm

It makes no difference they are both forms of community corrections or forms of restorative justice. To clarify my point, they are both structured in a way that makes an offenders chances at successful reform slim to none.