Community members call for jobs, not jails

October 18, 2014 | Fox59 | link to article

Indianapolis, IND. – Several members of the community are calling on city leaders to invest in jobs, not more jails.

The IndyCan clergy, immigrants and ex-convicts are asking the mayor and city-council members to focus on reducing crime, instead of just building a new criminal justice center.

During a vigil on Saturday, they talked about how jail-first policies are contradicting the values of congregations that everyone is redeemable and deserves a place in our community.

“We want to make sure people are able to come back into the city and have their jobs,” said Jesus Ramirez, an organizer. “Make sure people have more opportunities to build themselves back up. Because right now, people coming out of jail, they have no opportunity to go back into their jobs. We want to build that up instead of creating more beds.”

IndyCan plans to have 10,000 conversations with voters about their plans, which started after the vigil with volunteers going door to door to urge people to vote in the upcoming election.