Forum set on criminal justice reform

Forum set on criminal justice reform

URBANA — A community forum Thursday night will explore opportunities for criminal justice reform in Illinois.

The forum at 6:15 p.m. at the Urbana Civic Center is cosponsored by state Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Urbana; the Champaign County American Civil Liberties Union; Build Programs Not Jails; and the First Followers Re-Entry Program.

Ammons will speak of the importance of alternatives to incarceration and provide an update on legislation being considered in Springfield. The program also will include an update on the status of plans for jail construction and information on funding alternatives in Champaign County.

"In response to Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposals to decrease state prison populations by 25 percent within 10 years, we as a community need to participate in the dialogue to ensure public safety, reduce incarceration and develop programs that help these individuals reintegrate into society," Ammons said. "There has been an increased amount of dialogue on the issue of criminal justice reform. Our jails and prisons are overcrowded with non-violent offenders who would be better served by rehabilitative services."

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