Douglas County for Jail Alternatives is a nonpartisan initiative that formed after the Douglas County Commission announced plans in early 2016 to move forward with a proposed $30 million jail expansion. We are a group of community members dedicated to reforming the criminal justice system - starting with our local community.
After the Douglas County Commission formed the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC), some community members felt their voices were not being heard. The CJCC meetings previously occurred once a month at 11am and are not open for public comment because they are structured as work sessions. The CJCC now meets every eight weeks as subcommittees begin their work. See this article and this CJCC webpage.
Our monthly meetings promote an open forum style environment available to anyone interested in sharing ideas. We rely on our members to volunteer for advocacy related tasks and raise awareness about our efforts.