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2018-19 Final CA State Corrections Budget

by Ivette Alé

Last Friday, June 29th Governor Brown released his final State Budget for 2018-19 (Budget Summary for Public Safety- Pages 57-70). Despite the passage of important legislation and voter initiatives in the last three years, resulting in significant reductions to the prison population, California’s capacity to operate and expand prisons is growing. With an increase of…



Hood Digest + CURB!

by Ivette Alé

CURB has teamed up with the Hood Digest to help change the way we talk about incarceration and center the people most impacted by the system. Our Hood Glossary breaks down the language the system uses, why they use it and what we should use instead! I sat down with Elmer Roldan and La Mikia Castillo, co-hosts of the…



CA Senate Passes Bill Allowing Judges to Strike Sentence Enhancement for Prior Convictions

by Ivette Alé

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 14, 2018 CONTACT: Eunisses Hernandez, Euhernandez@drugpolicy.org, 213-226-6426 California Senate Passes Bill Allowing Judges to Strike Sentence Enhancement for Prior Convictions Bill Now Heads to the Assembly Committee on Public Safety Sacramento, CA —The California Senate today passed Senate Bill 1393, authored by Senators Holly Mitchell and Ricardo Lara, with a vote…



Free Mother’s, Close Jails!

by Ivette Alé

As CURB members continue to fight the caging of women in LA County, we’re also uplifting our mothers, caregivers and their families at our annual Mother’s Day Commemoration at Lynwood Jail. At last year’s event, we partnered with Latinx media outlet MiTú to uplift what communities really need instead of jails – affordable housing, community-based…



DO NOT SUPPORT the Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act

by Ivette Alé

California is facing a serious threat to the years of progress our state has made toward fixing the state’s broken criminal justice system. A new ballot initiative, the “Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act” will increase taxpayer spending on prisons, increase incarceration rates, and roll-back important reforms achieved in the last decade. This measure,…



#RISE Act and Fair & Just Sentencing Act Head to Senate Appropriations

by Ivette Alé

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April, 4 2018   California Committee Passes Bill to Reduce Sentences for Prior Felony Convictions Bills Amend Sentencing Enhancements Aimed At People with Prior Convictions Bills Now Head to the Senate Appropriations Committee CONTACT: Eunisses Hernandez, Euhernandez@drugpolicy.org, 213-226-6426 Sacramento, CA —Today, the California Senate Public Safety Committee voted to pass Senate Bills…



Community Applauds Gov Brown’s Easter Commutations and Pardons

by Ivette Alé

  Community Applauds Governor Brown’s Historic Easter Commutations and Pardons, 7 people with LWOP Sentences Among Them   Contacts: Deirdre Wilson, CCWP wildeirdre@gmail.com 415-255-7036 ext. 4   Amber-Rose Howard, CURB amberrose@curbprisonspending.org (909) 717-8520   The California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP) and the Californians United for a Responsible Budget Coalition (CURB) applaud Governor Brown for…



CURB is looking for Interns!

by Ivette Alé

We are excited to announce that CURB is looking for three interns to join our team!  CURB offers internships in the following three areas: Advocacy, Media and Communications and Development. Our internships provide the opportunity to gain experience in research, outreach, grassroots organizing, media campaigns, coalition and movement building, public education, policy advocacy and social justice work. Working directly with the Statewide…



A Show of Force!

by Ivette Alé

Over the last decade, the CURB coalition and our members have successfully stopped millions of dollars in jail expansion across the state of California. In the Bay Area, the No New SF Jail Coalition defeated a proposed jail in San Francisco and continues to fight for jail closure. The Decarcerate Alameda County coalition has been a powerful voice against…