Speak Out: LA Approves Jail Expansion

Yesterday, in a 3-0 vote with 2 Supervisors abstaining the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors decided to enter into a contract with the City of Taft and transfer 512 LA County prisoners at a cost of $11 million dollars annually.

A total of $10 million of the funding this year will come from unspent AB 109 money that can be used for alternatives to incarceration.

This is unnecessary use of community funds for jail expansion.

Please come out!

1) Come out tomorrow, Thursday (Sept. 26) at 8:30am. We will be holding a press conference with advocates in Los Angeles to voice opposition to this decision before the Little Hoover Commission’s Public Hearing on Criminal Justice Sentencing. Following the press conference we will attend the public hearing that will talk about the status of criminal justice in Los Angeles County

Location: Ronald Reagan State Building Auditorium, 300 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA

2) Call the Board of Supervisors.

Script: My name is __________ and I am a constituent of Supervisor________. I am calling today to express my discontent with your yes vote that is allowing the Sheriff’s Department and CEO to contract with Taft Correctional Facility and that you are using AB 109 money to fund. Los Angeles needs community solutions, not jail expansion or construction.

Voted Yes (approved):
Supervisor Molina: (213) 974-4111
Supervisor Knabe: (213)974-4444
Supervisor Antonovich: (213) 974-5555

Script: My name is __________ and I am a constituent of Supervisor________. I am calling today to thank you for abstaining on the vote allowing the Sheriff’s Department and CEO to contract with Taft Correctional Facility and using AB 109 money to fund. We hope that you will work with us in the future to focus on real solutions and not jail expansion.

Abstained from the Vote:
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas: (213) 974-2222
Supervisor Yaroslavsky: (213) 974-3333

3) Come to the families of the incarcerated and community meeting at Century Regional Detention Facility on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 6-9pm.

Location: 11705 South Alameda Street Lynwood, CA 90262

Email to RSVP: ASKTHECAPTAIN.CRDF@LASD.org

There is a lot going on. We hope to see you tomorrow!