Month: May 2012

Local Activists, Architects Partner with Residents to Re-Purpose Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE–MAY 31, 2012 Press Contact: Debbie Reyes, California Prison Moratorium Project, 559-367-6020 Frank Fontes, California Prison Moratorium Project, 559-593-2436 Chowchilla, CA–This Saturday, June 2, Chowchilla marks a historic reverse of trend for Central Valley politics.  In recent past, Central Valley communities competed to place prisons in their midst.  This weekend, one town is…



Viewpoints: Fear mongers were wrong about prison system's 'realignment'

Published Tuesday, May. 29, 2012 Jackie Goldberg, a former Assembly member from Los Angeles, served on the Public Safety Committee. Special to The Bee A year into Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to realign public safety, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has produced a vision of “The Future of California Corrections,” whose plans, not surprisingly,…



Editorial: Behind the barbed wire of California's prisons

Originally published by the Los Angeles Times. Since 1996, the media have not been allowed to interview inmates — and conditions have deteriorated. AB 1270 would allow the media back in. A deputy passes a line of inmates in downtown Los Angeles. Under court order, the state is finally addressing the overcrowding problem by sending…



California’s Legislative Analyst Office Questions CDCR Blueprint

For Immediate Release–May 16, 2012 Press Contact:  Isaac Ontiveros Californians United for a Responsible Budget Ph. 510 444 0484 Oakland—California’s non-partisan Legislative Analyst Office (LAO) concluded that the Department of Corrections “has not justified the need for several costly prison construction projects that would add $76 million in annual debt-service costs to the General Fund”…



Brown, CDCR Backslide in May Revise Budget; CURB has a Better Idea

For Immediate Release – May 14th, 2012 Press Contact: Isaac Ontiveros Californians United for a Responsible Budget Ph. 510.444.0484 Gov. Brown’s May Revise budget shows that the Governor and the Department of Corrections hope to make as few changes as possible to the bloated CDCR in order to come into compliance with the Supreme Court’s…



CURB’s Response to “The Future of California Corrections”

CURB is an alliance of over 40 organizations from across the state.  We work to reduce prison spending, to reducing the number of people in prison and jail and the number of prisons in California. The positive steps forward taken in the CDCR’s report reflect at least a decade of tireless work by California communities…



San Mateo Supervisors Poised to Push $150 Million Jail Plan Forward

Residents Question Drain on Strapped County Budget For Immediate Release—May 7, 2012 Press Contact: Isaac Ontiveros Californians United for a Responsible Budget Ph. 510.444.0484 What:  San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Meeting When:  May 8, 2012, 9am Where: 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA   Redwood City— On Tuesday, San Mateo’s Board of Supervisors will…



Corrections' master plan falls short

By Emily Harris | 05/03/12 12:00 AM PST This piece was originally published by the Capitol Weekly. The Department of Corrections’ recently released ten-year master plan “The Future of California Corrections” does not manage to escape the massive gravitational pull of 30 years of failed prison policy and in the end fails to offer a vision of…