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…



Impacts of SB 1393 and SB 1497

by Ivette Alé

Thank you to everyone who was able to join one of our three calls to discuss the impacts of SB 1393 and SB 1497. It was great to learn from and build with everyone. We will continue to keep you posted as new information emerges. Below are notes from the calls, including answers to a…



Governor Brown Signs SB 1393!

by Ivette Alé

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 1st, 2018 CONTACT: Eunisses Hernandez: 213-226-6426 Glenn Backes: 916-202-2538 California Governor Signs Major Sentencing Reform Law Allows Judges to Strike Five-Year Sentence Enhancement for Prior Serious Felony Convictions Sacramento, CA— Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1393, authored by State Senators Holly Mitchell (Los Angeles) and Ricardo Lara…



Work with CURB! Seeking PT Development and Media Coordinator

by Ivette Alé

CURB is excited to announce that we are seeking a part-time Development and Media/Communications Coordinator to help support the work of our growing coalition! Please read full job posting here Applications Due Friday September 28th The Development and Media/ Communications Coordinator will support the development needs of the coalition in addition to providing media and…



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…



Open Letter to Governor Brown

by Ivette Alé

Open Letter Governor Jerry Brown VETO SB10 Nearly 40 years ago, you decried the state of our criminal justice system, acknowledging that “thousands & thousands of people languish in the jails of this state even though they have been convicted of no crime.” You now face a decision, to sign into law a bill that…