CDCR Plans to Release 4,000 Primary Caregivers from Women’s Prisons

Community Leaders Call for Re-entry Support, Prison Closure and Release of Caregivers from Men’s Prisons FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—September 14, 2011 Press Contact:  Emily Harris Statewide Coordinator, Californians United for a Responsible Budget Ph. 510-435-1176 Oakland— The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced Tuesday that non-serious, non-violent, non-sex offenders who are female, pregnant, or…



More Incarceration Is Not the Answer

In California, the headlines about prisons always seem to be the same: out-of-control costs, inhumane living conditions. But it doesn’t need to be that way. by Ruth Wilson Gilmore posted Aug 19, 2011 Photo by Angrod Taralom Last month, more than 6,000 people in prisons throughout California went on hunger strikes to protest inhumane  living…



13 States Closing Prisons While California Continues to Build

MEDIA ALERT—August 4, 2011 13 States Closing Prisons While California Continues to Build Press Contact:    Isaac Ontiveros Communications Director, Critical Resistance Phone:  510-517-6612 Oakland – A recent report by The Sentencing Project documents for the first time the growing trend of nationwide prison closures. The report, On the Chopping Block: State Prison Closings, notes that,…



The Budget for Humanity Campaign

In March 2011, CURB launched the Budget for Humanity Campaign!!  California’s budget crisis provides an urgent opportunity to dramatically shift the state’s funding priorities away from policing and imprisonment and toward education, health care, jobs, and housing. Brown’s budget proposal includes yet another round of devastating cuts to vital programs.  The Budget for Humanity proposes…



Open Letter to Gov. Brown & Sec. Cate re Plata/Coleman & Realignment

June 3rd, 2011 The Hon. Jerry Brown, Governor State Capitol, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 9581411 Fax: (916) 558-3160 The Hon. Matthew Cate, Secretary of CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation 1515 S Street, Room 113S Sacramento, CA 95811 Fax: (916) 442-2637 Via facsimile and email PDF. Dear Governor Brown and Secretary Cate, We are encouraged…



Viewpoints: Prison edict backlash reveals race bias

http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/05/3675866/prison-edict-backlash-reveals.html Special to The Sacramento Bee Published Sunday, Jun. 05, 2011 The fearmongering responses to the U.S. Supreme Court declaring California’s prison system “cruel and unusual” in violation of the Eighth Amendment were predictable. The court ordered the population thinned so medical services can be effectively delivered to the state’s wards, a necessity given the…