Month: July 2014

CURB's Letter in the New York Times: Crowded Prisons in California

JULY 29, 2014 in the New York Times To the Editor: Re “Strong Steps on Sentencing Reform” (editorial, July 22): The United States Sentencing Commission’s vote to give nearly a quarter of federal prisoners the chance to reduce their sentences is a tribute to the tireless work of former prisoners, family members and other advocates…



STATEWIDE RALLY IN MCFARLAND, CA TO SHUT DOWN NEW MCFARLAND WOMEN’S PRISON AND SUPPORT IMMIGRANT JUSTICE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WHAT:                  Rally to demand closure of new women’s prison in McFarland, WHERE:               McFarland Park, 100 Frontage Rd, McFarland, WHEN:                 Thursday, July 31st, 5pm Contact:                Debbie Reyes, California Prison Moratorium Project, 559-367-6020   Misty Rojo, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, 510-213-0522 MCFARLAND, CA – On Thursday, July 31st, communities impacted by incarceration,…



$4 billion that will make you want to fight.

  Dear Supporter: Each day CURB receives calls from the loved ones of people inside.  Last month a mother called to ask how SB 260 – new legislation allowing juveniles convicted as adults to apply for resentencing – would impact her son.  She sounded scared but hopeful.  Most of all, she was determined to assist…



Why We Need To Keep Fighting…

Take Action Email the Board Dear Supporter, A few weeks ago, Supervisor Yaroslavsky seemed to think that our LA Board of Supervisors needed to reconsider the massive jail construction plan, saying diversion “might mitigate the need for the size of the jail that we have under construction.” What does this mean? The $2 billion dollar jail…



Help Us Shut Down McFarland!

Take Action! Stop McFarland! Dear Supporter, Did you hear about the re-opening of a prison for women in McFarland? The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is already moving at least 260 people to the new contract facility. Despite their attempts to disguise it as a “re-entry facility” we know this is just another prison. A…



Inland Empire: Incarceration + Deportations = Expansion

#nomorejails #nomoreprisons Dear Supporter, A few weeks ago, CURB participated in an event hosted by Riverside All of Us or None at the Unitarian Universalist Church, discussing the impact of the state budget passing $500 million dollars for county jail construction and what it means for our communities in Riverside and San Bernardino.  At the presentation we realized that residents…



Los Angeles: We Need Mental Health Diversion, Not Jail Expansion

Thank you for taking action! Can you help us take one more step to ensure that Los Angeles County does the right thing? Tweet at the LA Board of Supervisors – #NoMoreJails Mark Ridley-Thomas @ridleythomas Don Knabe @DonKnabe Mike Antonovich @mikeantonovich Gloria Molina @GloriaMolina1 Zev Yaroslavsky @ZevYaroslavsky



Los Angeles Residents Advocate for Mental Health Diversion, Not Jail Expansion

MEDIA ADVISORY – July 14th, 2014 Contact: Diana Zuniga of Californians United for a Responsible Budget at  213-864-8931 or diana@curbprisonspending.org What: LA County Board of Supervisors, S-2 report by District Attorney on assessment of mental health diversion programs. When: Tuesday, July 15th.  Meeting begins at 9:30am, report by DA at 11:30am Where: Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 West Temple St. LA…



How the 2014-15 Budget impacts you!

Last month, Governor Brown signed the 2014-15 Budget Act. As I’m sure you have heard, the budget increases funds wasted in the “rat hole” of incarceration to nearly $12 billion. The budget includes no significant restorations to anti-poverty and social safety net programs that have suffered years of cuts and could lift low-income Californians out…



We did it! The lifetime ban is repealed!

Responding to our collective voices, personal testimonies and overwhelming evidence that providing basic needs assistance (like food and rent), employment training and work supports decrease the likelihood of recidivism, California’s legislative leaders and Governor Brown repealed the optional ban for people with prior drug-related convictions from receiving CalFresh (food stamps) benefits and CalWORKs (basic needs support and job…