Month: November 2013

Looking Ahead to the Holiday Season

It’s time for California to chart a new course by investing in real alternatives to incarceration, treatment and supportive community programs. These programs mean less communities separated by prison walls, and more families sharing the holidays together.

Counties Prioritizing Jail Construction to Answer Realignment Challenges

​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 26, 2013​ MEDIA CONTACT: Diana Zuñiga, Californians United for a Responsible Budget 213-864-8931 County experts available upon request for Fresno, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and others. ​California – ​Activists and analysts who have monitored California’s criminal justice realignment since it’s debut in 2011 released an updated…

CURB Realignment Report Card – November 2013

CURB has reviewed the realignment plans of thirteen key counties in California. We selected the counties because they imprison the largest number of people in our state, send the largest share of people to state prison or are counties within which the majority of CURB members live and work.

Locked Up & #ShippedAway: New report exposes private prisons profiting from sending prisons far from home

“Transferring prisoners out of the state of California has been an ineffective band-aid for our state’s overcrowded prison crisis. In a moment when we have an opportunity to demand sustainable prison population reduction strategies that would actually shrink the prisoner population, our ability to house prisoners in other states creates an ‘out’ and a distraction from the root of the problem and moves us away from real reform.” – Diana Zuniga of Californians United for a Responsible Budget.

Dec. 4th: Statewide Mobilization to Fight Jail Expansion

On December 4th, Sheriffs throughout the state will be begging the Board of State and Community Corrections for millions of dollars to build more cages for our children. Come to Sacramento and help us show that communities across the state are united: No New Jails!

Join us at the Riverside Community Engagement Forum!

Dear Supporter,   Sign our Statewide Petition against Prison and Jail Expansion At the expense of education, health care, affordable housing, and the environment, California continues to use jails and prisons to answer complex societal concerns. In the face of overwhelming policy, prison, and jail failures some entertain the notion that more jails will somehow help our…

Saturday: Bring Our Loved Ones Home: Bay Area Skill

For nearly 15 years Critical Resistance has been fighting against new prison and jail construction.  Today, counties across the BayArea are facing plans for new jails.  Although polls show that Californians don’t want their tax dollars spent on prison and jail construction and the projects will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, sheriffs from Santa Cruz to…

LISTEN: "Your Call": What are the best ways to reduce California's prison population

By Ali Budner Listen On today’s Your Call, we’ll talk about prison overcrowding in California.  Under a federal court mandate, California is required to reduce its prison population by nearly 10,000 inmates. Governor Jerry Brown wants to spend $315 million over the next year to house inmates in private and county jails. But critics prefer alternatives like paroling…

We're going to Sacramento – and need your help

Click to give $26 – and make sure one more activist can say “No” to Jail Expansion in person December 6th is one of those deceptively important days – the sheriffs will be going to the obscure Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) to get their hands on $500 million in new jail construction funding. But,…