⚠️ Stop #FakeBailReform Now! No On SB10!

by Ivette Alé

There is no question that California’s reliance on money bail is a predatory system that must be stopped.  Organizations across the state have been working towards proactive solutions to chip away at pre-trial imprisonment that targets poor people, Black people and other people of color, immigrants, homeless people, and people with mental health needs. Senator…



Help us Kill SB10!

by Ivette Alé

Help us kill SB10!  Call Senator Hertzberg, the author of the bill, and tell him “California deserves a stronger bail reform bill that will result in lasting positive changes for our residents. Pull SB 10 now so that we can do better next year.” Call Hertzberg’s Capitol Office – (916) 651-4018 Send and email to…



Action Alert: Keep SB1393 Alive!

by Ivette Alé

It’s time to turn up the heat for SB 1393 (Mitchell) – The Fair and Just Sentencing Reform Act of 2018! SB1393 will be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee this Wednesday, August 15th starting at 9am- Room 4202. I’ve heard through the grapevine that Appropriations is the committee where bills go to die! This…



2018-19 Final CA State Corrections Budget

by Ivette Alé

Last Friday, June 29th Governor Brown released his final State Budget for 2018-19 (Budget Summary for Public Safety- Pages 57-70). Despite the passage of important legislation and voter initiatives in the last three years, resulting in significant reductions to the prison population, California’s capacity to operate and expand prisons is growing. With an increase of…



Hood Digest + CURB!

by Ivette Alé

CURB has teamed up with the Hood Digest to help change the way we talk about incarceration and center the people most impacted by the system. Our Hood Glossary breaks down the language the system uses, why they use it and what we should use instead! I sat down with Elmer Roldan and La Mikia Castillo, co-hosts of the…



CA Senate Passes Bill Allowing Judges to Strike Sentence Enhancement for Prior Convictions

by Ivette Alé

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 14, 2018 CONTACT: Eunisses Hernandez, Euhernandez@drugpolicy.org, 213-226-6426 California Senate Passes Bill Allowing Judges to Strike Sentence Enhancement for Prior Convictions Bill Now Heads to the Assembly Committee on Public Safety Sacramento, CA —The California Senate today passed Senate Bill 1393, authored by Senators Holly Mitchell and Ricardo Lara, with a vote…



Free Mother’s, Close Jails!

by Ivette Alé

As CURB members continue to fight the caging of women in LA County, we’re also uplifting our mothers, caregivers and their families at our annual Mother’s Day Commemoration at Lynwood Jail. At last year’s event, we partnered with Latinx media outlet MiTú to uplift what communities really need instead of jails – affordable housing, community-based…



DO NOT SUPPORT the Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act

by Ivette Alé

California is facing a serious threat to the years of progress our state has made toward fixing the state’s broken criminal justice system. A new ballot initiative, the “Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act” will increase taxpayer spending on prisons, increase incarceration rates, and roll-back important reforms achieved in the last decade. This measure,…



#RISE Act and Fair & Just Sentencing Act Head to Senate Appropriations

by Ivette Alé

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April, 4 2018   California Committee Passes Bill to Reduce Sentences for Prior Felony Convictions Bills Amend Sentencing Enhancements Aimed At People with Prior Convictions Bills Now Head to the Senate Appropriations Committee CONTACT: Eunisses Hernandez, Euhernandez@drugpolicy.org, 213-226-6426 Sacramento, CA —Today, the California Senate Public Safety Committee voted to pass Senate Bills…