Reclaim, Reimagine and Reinvest: An Analysis of L.A. County’s Criminalization Budget

by Ivette Alé

Justice LA, The Center for Popular Democracy and Law 4 Black Lives Release Critical Analysis of L.A. County’s Criminalization Budget

While the Sheriff’s and Probation Department budgets have soared, housing, mental health care and other vital resources have been funded at mere cents to the dollar. CURB and the Justice LA coalition know that true public safety is achieved by properly funding a robust social safety net and community-based alternatives to incarceration. The people of California agree and have voted repeatedly to decrease California’s reliance on incarceration and increase funding for housing in Los Angeles County.

The report released today details the county’s historical, current and proposed investment in incarceration and criminalization, as well our recommendations for community-based public safety solutions.

Download the Report Here

When we invest in our community, we save money, but most importantly, we save lives. Los Angeles County’s $3.5 Billion investment in incarceration threatens the safety of our communities and diverts money away from the resources we really need.

But there is still time to stop the jail plan!

Help us stop jail expansion in L.A. County by weighing in on the Environmental Impact Report! The report assesses the impacts that the construction of the jail will have on the environment and the people of Los Angeles. CURB, Critical Resistance and Justice LA believe all jails are toxic to the environment and our communities and divert BILLIONS away from the programs and services that truly keep Angelinos safe and healthy.


Click here to sign our petition and send your comment directly to the Board of Supervisors and the Chief Executive Office.

Public Comment closes next Monday December 18th!

If you or someone in your organization is an expert on air quality or would like to add additional analysis to our comments on the EIR, please reach out to me as soon as possible at ivette@curbprisonspending.org.

Thank you for standing with impacted communities and helping put an end to harmful spending!


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