Author: Amber Rose Howard

Governor Newsom signs CURB cosponsored bills 2019

by Amber Rose Howard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 8, 2019 Contact: Ashley Chambers: ashley@ellabakercenter.org, 510-417-6071 Advocates Celebrate Governor Newsom’s Signature on SB 136, Dismantling a Cruel, Ineffective Sentence Enhancement The Governor’s signature reins in an expensive and racially discriminatory one-year sentence enhancement that adds additional years to someone’s sentence, lengthening family separations SACRAMENTO–Yesterday, the Repeal Ineffective Sentence Enhancements (RISE)…



The People’s Response to Governor’s Corrections Budget  May Revise 2019

by Amber Rose Howard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 10, 2019   The People’s Response to Governor’s Corrections Budget  May Revise Calling for the end of prison and jail as state’s leading health & mental health care provider   MEDIA CONTACT: Amber-Rose Howard, Californians United for a Responsible Budget amberrose@curbprisonspending.org or 909.717.8520   Sacramento — Thursday, May 09, Governor…



CURB Overview of 2019-20 Corrections Budget: May Revise

by Amber Rose Howard

Governor Newsom’s revised 2019-20 budget for corrections has increased to $12.8 billion. While there are some good things included in the budget, we notice an increased capacity for health and mental health services inside California Prisons. According to a report by the California Budget & Policy Center, 80% of CDCR’s budget goes to operations and health related…



When We Fight We Win: Building Community Power to Dismantle the Prison System

by Amber Rose Howard

SURJ Bay Area is excited to invite you to a special event in Oakland, When We Fight We Win: Building Community Power to Dismantle the Prison System, featuring CURB Statewide Coordinators Amber-Rose Howard and Ivette Alé, Sandra Johnson, Senior Organizer with Legal Services for Prisoners with Children / All of Us or None, and Eric…



Governor Newsom’s Executive Order Halts Death Penalty. Now Let’s Drop LWOP!

by Amber Rose Howard

On March 13, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom announced his decision to halt the execution of 737 people sentenced to death in California prisons. This moratorium on capital punishment acknowledges the significant racial, economic, gender and disability disparities in death penalty sentencing and is an important step toward justice. California has the highest prison population in…



California Assembly Passes Bill to Allowing Judges to Strike Mandatory Sentence Enhancement for Prior Felony Convictions

by Amber Rose Howard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: September 1, 2018   Eunisses Hernandez: 213-226-6426, Glenn Backes: 916-202-2538 California Assembly Passes Bill to Allowing Judges to Strike Mandatory Sentence Enhancement for Prior Felony Convictions Bill Now Heads to the Governor’s Desk Sacramento, CA — On August 31, 2018 the California Assembly voted to pass Senate Bill 1393, authored by…