Correctional Budget 2012-2013

This summary of the Correctional Budget 2012-2013 was put together by our allies at the California Correctional Crisis Blog. Governor Brown has released the proposed 2012-2013 California budget. The full details are here and the summary is here. The correctional budget comprises 7.8% of the total state budget including special funds. Looking just at general fund numbers, the…



Californians Call Brown's Budget a Mixed Bag, Demand Further Reduction in Prison Spending to Save Social Services

For Immediate Release—January 5, 2012 Contact:    Isaac Ontiveros Californians United for a  Responsible Budget Office: 510-444-0484 Cell: 510.435.1176 Oakland CA— Governor Brown’s surprise budget unveiling today has Californians calling for additional cuts to the corrections budget to prevent even further slashing of welfare, childcare, healthcare, education, and job opportunities. The 2012-2013 proposal, which includes $8.887…



Pushing Forward a Moratorium on Prison and Jail Expansion

   Frustrated with misguided policies that have packed our prisons and jails, drained our state budget and led to one of the highest recidivism rates in the country, 70 advocates, including family members with an incarcerated loved one, formerly imprisoned people, and youthfrom across California traveled to Sacramento last week!  We pushed for a moratorium on…



STOP LA JAIL EXPANSION, SAVE LA COUNTY

This piece was originally posted on Ella’s Voice, the blog of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. by Emily Harris on Dec 19, 2011 In a few weeks, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors will vote on whether or not to approve Sheriff Baca’s latest plan to rob LA: a new jail that will…



Tell LA Supervisors NO Jail Expansion!

  STOP LA JAIL EXPANSION  SAVE LA COUNTY    In a few weeks, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors will vote on whether or not to approve Sheriff Baca’s latest plan to rob LA: a new jail that will cost $2.66 billion dollars($1.4 billion to build and $1.26 billion in interest to bankers).  Let’s send…



Communities Continue Push for Prison and Jail Moratorium

For Immediate Release—December 9, 2011 Contact: Isaac Ontiveros Californians United for a Responsible Budget ph. 510 444 0484 California – On Monday December 12, people from communities across California will be paying lawmakers a visit to demand a moratorium on prison and jail expansion.  California’s massive prison system has become internationally notorious for its Supreme…



STOP THE PROPOSED $1.4 BILLION JAIL IN LA COUNTY

In January, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will scheduled a vote on whether LA should spend $1.4 BILLION to build more jail cells.  Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said the plan would “consign the other vital services to second class status for two generations.” Today you can sign the petition, pass it on to your…



CURB Alliance Announces National Board of Advisors

Media Alert December, 6th 2011 Contact:    Isaac Ontiveros, 510-444-0484 Oakland – The statewide alliance Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), working to fight against prison and jail expansion in California today announced the launch of its first National Board of Advisors.  The inauguration of the Board comes at a time of potential for change…



Opinion: Is realignment an opportunity? If so, let’s not waste it on building costly jail beds.

Published by Capitol Weekly 11/23/11 November 17th’s “California’s Prison System – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly” conference, organized by Capitol Weekly and the University of California, brought together experts, advocates, and law enforcement and highlighted the devastating impacts of the expansion of California’s prison system and consequent shift in state spending on education and…