$600 Million More for Jails; $600 Million Less for Education and Health

For Immediate Release-November 17, 2011 Contact:  Isaac Ontiveros Californians United for a Responsible Budget Office:510.444.0484 Oakland CA- On Wednesday, California’s Legislative Analyst Office released grim news about the State’s financial health.  The nonpartisan office projects a $13 billion deficit for 2012, and $3.7 billion revenue shortfall that could trigger at least $2 billion in service…



Fighting to Win Against Jail Expansion

Click Here for CURB’s “Budget For Humanity”which outlines CURB’s demands to: 1. Stop All Prison and Jail Construction 2. Reduce Overcrowding and Release Our tax Dollars 3. Stop The Cuts and Invest In Our Future Click Here for CURB’s “Realignment Report Card” Want to learn more? Click here for a radio interview on KALW about…



California Needs to Fund Public Education and Social Services, Not Prisons

Originally published on 14 November 2011 by the California Progress Report. By Amy Vanderwarker, Critical Resistance and Matt Haney, University of California Students Association Last Wednesday night, more than one thousand students and campus workers at University of California Berkeley held a day of action protesting budget cuts and fee increases to build momentum toward…



California invests millions in new jails to deal with overcrowding

By Rina Palta on November 9, 2011 – 5:32pm download On October 1, 2011, California experienced a major change to its criminal justice system. After the Supreme Court ordered the state to drastically reduce its prison population, the Legislature decided to shift responsibility for a wide variety of offenders to the local level. KALW’s criminal…



CURB Internship Announcement

CURB Internship Announcement Winter 2011-12 Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) is offering an enthusiastic, self-starting, hardworking person an exciting internship with our statewide alliance of organizations working to curb prison spending by reducing the number of people in prison and the number of prisons in California. The internship provides the opportunity to gain…



Realignment Used to Push Jail Expansion Across California

MEDIA ALERT-November 5, 2011 Realignment Used to Push Jail Expansion Across California 25 Counties to Apply for $603 million in Jail Construction Funding Press Contact:  Isaac Ontiveros, Californians United for a Responsible Budget Ph. 510-444-0484 SACRAMENTO – The Corrections Standards Authority (CSA) announced yesterday that it has invited 25 counties to submit applications for Phase…



Organizations Demand No New Jail Beds in Sacramento

For Immediate Release – 10/31/11 Letter Urges County Supervisors to Vote No on Using Realignment Money to Re-open Jail Press Contact:  Emily Harris, Californians United for a Responsible Budget Phone:  510-435-1176 Sacramento – Sacramento residents and organizations across California will urge Sacramento County Board of Supervisors to vote against jail expansion at their upcoming meeting…



Over 70 Organizations Oppose Costly Sacramento Jail Expansion

10/31/11 Sacramento County Board of Supervisors 700 H Street, Suite 1450 Sacramento, CA 95814 Dear Board of Supervisors, We, the undersigned, write to you in strong opposition to the proposed reopening of the Roger Bauman Facility (RBF) at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center. We are affiliated with Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) a…



Sacramento Says NO to New Jail Expansion!

County Supervisors will vote on whether or not to approve $6 million dollars for an additional 275 beds to be added to the current jail as a part of its Public Safety Realignment plan. Please join CURB members and allies to demand NO NEW JAIL EXPANSION! Instead — the $6 million should go to community-based…



California Organizations Issue Report Card on County Prisoner Realignment Plans

‘Passing’ Grades for Alternatives to Incarceration, ‘Fails’ for Construction Press Contact:  Isaac Ontiveros Californians United for a Responsible Budget Ph. 510-444-0484 California—On the heels of the October 1st implementation of the State’s massive realignment of its prison system, Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) has issued grades for how well 13 different counties plan to…