Month: October 2015

Next Steps for PHSS…

Dear Supporter: Last month, California prisoners locked in isolation achieved a groundbreaking legal victory in their ongoing struggle against the use of solitary confinement.  This is a huge victory and there is still work to do. The win effectively ended indefinite long-term solitary confinement, and greatly limited the prison administration’s ability to use the practice, widely seen as…



Tell state officials: Invest in Communities, Not Cages!

Dear Supporter, This November will mark the one-year anniversary of the passage of Proposition 47, which reduced some low-level felonies, like drug possession and petty theft, to misdemanors. Thousands of people have been released from prison and jail as a result of the initiative, and even more have changed their records.  But the work can’t…



Spread the Word: #AllJailsAreFails

Dear Supporter, We’ve all heard about the broad, bipartisan support across the nation for reducing incarceration. So why is California spending billions of dollars on new jails? That’s one of the questions raised by CURB’s new Decarceration Report Card, which found that counties across the state are building new jails. Among the findings of the report: 1.…



Let's do this.

Dear CURB Supporter, My name is Lizzie Buchen, and I recently joined CURB as Statewide Advocacy and Communications Co-Coordinator. It’s been a whirlwind two months, but I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself.  I’m from southern California and live and work in Oakland. Before joining CURB, I was a policy analyst at the Center…



Will You Stand With Her?

Dear Supporter, My name is Gina and I am the founder of Essie Justice Group — a new, fierce organization of women with incarcerated loved ones and a proud member of CURB. Essie now has opportunity to win $500,000 to create an important women’s advocacy network in the CA Bay Area that can support the work…



CURB's Decarceration Report Card: #AllJailsAreFails!

Dear Supporter, For the past three years, CURB has released an annual report card grading California counties on whether they’re reducing the number of people incarcerated and investing in community solutions, or whether they’re building new jails. This year, for the first time, every county received a failing score. It’s been four years since realignment…



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New report slams state's alarming trend of jail expansion

October 15, 2015 Press teleconference: 12 pm PDT, October 15 Conference Call Line: 1-712-832-8300 Participant Access Code: 6874160 Speakers: Community organizers from the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Francisco. Press Contact: Lizzie Buchen, Californians United for a Responsible Budget 510-435-1176 lizzie@curbprisonspending.org California — Today, Californians United for a Responsible Budget…



Victory in Sacramento! Brown signed SB 219!

Dear Supporter, On Sunday, we celebrated a major victory for incarcerated people and their families: Governor Brown signed SB 219, a bill co-sponsored by CURB and Justice Now that will expand access to the Alternative Custody Program! We couldn’t have done it without you.  Your letters, emails, phone calls, and tweets sent a clear message…



Gov. Brown Signs Important Legislation for Incarcerated People and their Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 11, 2015 Gov. Brown Signs Important Legislation for Incarcerated People and their Families MEDIA CONTACT: Misty Rojo, Justice Now, a member of Californians United for a Responsible Budget misty@justicenow.org or 510-213-0522 SACRAMENTO – Earlier this morning, Governor Brown supported family reunification by signing SB 219, regarding the Alternative Custody Program, into…



3 More Days – Sign SB 219!

Dear Supporter, The Governor has signed some really important bills already. In the last week alone, our members and allies have celebrated for the passage of SB 261, AB 953, and SB 504. We are still waiting for SB 219, the Alternative Custody Program Bill, to be signed by the Governor — and he only…