CURB's Realignment Report Card

CURB has reviewed the realignment plans of thirteen key counties in California. We selected the following counties because they imprison the largest number of people in our state, send the largest share of people to state prison or are counties within which the majority of CURB members live and work. CURB looked at the balance…



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…