Author: Amber Rose Howard

CURB’s statement on #DefundPolice

by Amber Rose Howard

Connecting the dots between Police and Prisons: Corrections officers are cops too!  Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) is a coalition of grassroots organizations working to reduce the number of people incarcerated in our state. We’re fighting to stop new cages from being built and shut down existing jails, prisons and immigration detention centers.…



URGENT ACTION ALERT! Tell Governor Newsom Closing 2 State Owned Prisons is the Right Thing To Do!

by Amber Rose Howard

Governor Newsom proposed closing 2 state prisons in his 2020-21 budget proposal but it isn’t clear whether he will prioritize closing state owned prisons or a privately owned facility that the state leases. CURB supports closing at least 2 state owned facilities! California must continue to reduce the prison population and capture the $400 million…



#ClemencyCoast2Coast: Join us Tomorrow to Call on Governors in California and New York to #LetThemGo

by Amber Rose Howard

In the wake of COVID-19, CURB, California Coalition for Women Prisoners and The DROP LWOP Coalition join with public health officials, families of incarcerated people, incarcerated people, and community advocates in demanding that Governor Newsom and the state legislature take immediate action to execute their legal responsibility to protect vulnerable people in prisons, especially older…



The People’s Response to Governor Newsom’s Proposed Corrections Budget

by Amber Rose Howard

Newsom Moves to Close a Prison as the Budget for Corrections Continues to Climb Governor Newsom released California’s 2020-21 Proposed Budget Summary today, which included many positive steps to address the vast inequality in our state. Nearly 20% of Californians lack the resources to meet their basic needs and another 20% live dangerously close to…



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…