Cross-Cultural, Urban, Reformed, Ecumenical

Community Partners in Dialogue—CCJ

Our Story

Approximately 100,000 individuals circulate through the Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDOC) or Cook County Jail (CCJ) annually. The daily jail population prior to COVID-19 averaged 6,100 of which Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people are significantly over-represented. Thirty-three percent of the CCDOC jail population is diagnosed with mental health challenges, making CCDOC one of the largest facilities that houses people with mental health challenges who have been criminalized instead of getting the support and treatment needed.

In the wake of COVID-19, a handful of educators who offer courses and programs at Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDOC) came together to form Community Partners in Dialogue—CCJ (CPiD-CCJ).  While we initially organized around a shared interest to collaborate to launch a fundraising effort to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 global pandemic for individuals residing and working at CCDOC, we expressed a mutual desire in wanting to build intentional community with other individuals, community-based organizations and educational institutions providing services to individuals incarcerated at the jail.

Vision & Mission

Working at the intersection of educational services, policy and organizing, Community Partners in Dialogue are prison abolitionists committed to improving the living conditions and access to resources for individuals detained at Cook County Jail as a public health mandate.

We aim to build intentional relationships, share resources, and seek solutions that support the flourishing of individuals detained at Cook County Jail while simultaneously working towards creating a world without jails and prisons.

To learn more about our efforts contact Jia Johnson at or Marlon Chamberlain

Thank you, to all those who supported our 2020 PPE for CCJ fundraiser to purchase personal protective equipment for Cook County Jail.  With your support we raised $6,335.00 to purchase 6,000 masks and gloves for individual detained and working at Cook County Department of Corrections. We provided (3) stipends to formerly incarcerated activist supporting the fundraiser.

Our Community Partners


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