For the first time, the budget committees of both houses of the state legislature have rejected the Governor’s proposal for more jail construction funding! This is an enormous victory for the fierce CURB coalition, and shows that Sacramento has bee listening to our demands.
Law enforcement is doing everything they can to persuade Sacramento to override the budget committees and continue funneling money into building new cages.
The budget committees’ rejection of $250 million in funding for new jails was due to the tireless advocacy of our network, whether through emails, phone calls, social media, or in-person lobbying. At our Lobby Day on April 7, more than 50 formerly incarcerated people, family members, and community members showed up on Sacramento’s front steps to demand that the state budget reflect the needs of communities.
Now the budget goes to the full legislature and the Governor for final revisions and approval.
Your support will allow our coalition to effectively advocate for a budget that addresses our communities’ needs with care, concern, and compassion — not cages. Stay tuned for future action alerts for how you can help us stop imprisonment!
Diana Zuñiga and Lizzie Buchen
P.S. Check out Lizzie’s Op-Ed calling for the legislature to reject the jail construction funding in the Sacramento Bee!