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Bay Area Anti-Prison Happy Hour – June 25th!

Join CURB members, allies, friends and other anti-prison activists at our upcoming anti-prison happy hour mixer. We will meet, share stories from these past exciting months, hang out and affirm our ongoing fight to end the caging of our communities!Let’s celebrate our collective work and build our movement! Bay Area Anti-Prison Happy Hour Wednesday, June…



CURB Responds to Legislatures Compromise Corrections Budget Deal

For Immediate Release – June 16, 2014 MEDIA CONTACT: Emily Harris – 510-435-1176 or emily@curbprisonspending.org Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) released the following statement from Statewide Coordinator Emily Harris on the budget deal announced by Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders last Friday and passed on-time yesterday by the Legislature. “In the face of community and…



Budget Battle: Last Chance to Stop New Jail Money!

Dear Supporter, The final debate on the corrections budget is heating up!  They STILL have not made a final decision on the jail funding. The Sacramento Bee covered the story saying:  “But it’s far from certain that Democratic lawmakers get all they want in this week’s budget negotiations. Gov. Jerry Brown and county sheriffs, for example,…



Budget Battle: Tweet & Call to Keep the Pressure on!

The Legislature has until midnight on Sunday to pass the budget, but the Committee still hasn’t voted on the jail construction dollars. We aren’t surprised by the delay, your pressure has kept the debate on this money lively! For example last Thursday, in the battle over the money Senator Hancock said “If there are no alternatives to…



URGENT: Let's Stop this Jail Money!

Legislature: Stop Brown from Building More Jails?      #cabudget Dear Supporter, There are a number of criminal justice proposals, including the $500 million to build jails, that are being debated over right now as the Legislature finalizes their version of the budget. Tell the legislature, that they must stop Gov. Brown from building more…



Californians gaining momentum against prison and jail expansion

Printed June 3, 2014 in the San Francisco Bay View by Tynan Krakoff, Californians United for a Responsible Budget Anti-prison expansion activists across California have had a busy spring pushing back against controversial expansion plans. Members of Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) acted swiftly last month to defeat two legislative bills which would have…



Response to Conference Committee on Corrections Budget (Deadline 3pm Tuesday)

Co-Chairs Assemblymember Skinner & Senator Leno State Capitol Sacramento, CA 94249 Fax: (916) 319-2115 & (916) 651-4911 Members of the Budget Conference Committee (BCC), There are a number of key criminal justice proposals that will be debated over the next week and a half. We urge the Committee to take the following recommendations into consideration…



Advocates Reject SF Controllers Jail Population Projections

For Immediate Release – May 29th, 2014 Contact: Emily Harris, CURB (510-435-1176) San Francisco – Planners, policy experts and advocates blasted a report, released yesterday by the Controller, that suggests the need for between 63 and 601 more jail cells in the City. They note that the report includes no study of alternatives to incarceration or…



Viewpoints: Why is California trying to build more jails?

By Emily Harris and Isaac Lev Szmonko Special to The Bee Published: Sunday, May. 11, 2014 When we first saw this year’s proposed corrections budget included $500 million for new jail expansion, we had to double-check the document to see what year it was. In December, at the campus of the University of Phoenix in Sacramento, an obscure new…