Month: August 2012

Senate Passes Prison Media Access Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 30, 2012 Contacts: Carlos Alcalá, Communications Director (916) 319-2013 or (916) 698-0243 cell Emily Harris, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, (510) 435-1176 Sacramento – The California Senate passed AB 1270 by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano yesterday, sending the bill on prison media openness to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. The bill…



Sheriff Lee Baca to Co-Chair Statewide Jail Committee Despite Federal Investigation of Torture in LA County Jails

For Immediate Release—August 29, 2012   Sheriff Lee Baca to Co-Chair Statewide Jail Committee Despite Federal Investigation of Torture in LA County Jails California Residents Express Outrage Press Contact: Isaac Ontiveros, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, 510-517-6612 Sacramento—Today the newly formed Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) confirmed the membership of its Adult…



Sign-on! Stop the San Mateo Jail

Please join our fight against the $160 million San Mateo jail expansion by signing onto this letter.  To add your name or organization please send an email to info@curbprisonspending.org before September 7th, 2012. September 11, 2012 San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Hall of Justice and Records 400 County Center Redwood City, CA 94603 To…



San Mateo County Residents Gather to Stop New Jail

For Immediate Release—August 24, 2012 Press Contact: Isaac Ontiveros, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, 510-517-6612 What:  Community Town Hall When:  Saturday August 25, 2012, 1 – 4 pm Where:  1796 Bay Road, East Palo Alto, CA 94303 East Palo Alto—This Saturday community members from across San Mateo County will hold a town hall with…



Sample Letter of Support for AB 1270

AB 1270 (Ammiano) – Lift the Media Ban Please fax or email to Hafsah Al-Amin, California Coalition for Women Prisoners at fax: (415) 552-3150 or hafsah@womenprisoners.org  Please add to your organizational letterhead Date Governor Jerry Brown c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 95814 Fax: (916) 558-3160  Re: AB 1270 (Ammiano)  – California State Prison…



Editorial: Allow inmates to talk

Printed in the Los Angeles Times on August, 21st A bill to cut restrictions on interviews is essential to making state prisons more accountable. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) has sponsored a bill that would require prisons to allow inmates to be interviewed and prevent authorities from retaliating against inmates who granted interviews. Above: Inmates…



Prison Media Access Bill Leaves Appropriations, to Full Senate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 16, 2012 Contacts: Carlos Alcalá, Communications Director, Assemblymember Ammiano (916) 319-2013 Emily Harris, Californians United for a Responsible Budget (510) 435-1176 SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Tom Ammiano’s AB 1270, a bill to lift the media access ban in California prisons left the Senate Appropriations Committee on a 5-2 vote today and will be taken up…



Two Events to Stop the San Mateo Jail

The San Mateo County supervisors have put forward a plan to add $44.2 million dollars to this year’s budget for constructing a $160 million jail that we don’t need– and can’t afford. We can stop it, but we need your help! Please join us for two important upcoming events:  Community Townhall to Stop the New…



Community Members Speak Out Against Proposed Jail Tax

For Immediate Release – 7/30/12 Challenge Board of Supervisors’ Funding Priorities Press Contact: Emily Harris 510-435-1176 Redwood City—San Mateo County’s Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday morning on whether or not to adopt a resolution to send a half-cent sales tax increase to local voters on the November 6 ballot.  Community members are challenging a…