In 2016, we helped local coalitions prevent jail construction in Los Angeles, Alameda, San Francisco, and other counties. Our member network grew. On the state level, we co-sponsored legislation, the RISE Act, to repeal the three-year enhancement for drug priors. This work must continue next year to enhance the future for all Californians.
Next year we will seek to influence the state to close its twelve oldest prisons, currently slated for repairs. Read our 2016 report, “We Are Not Disposable: The toxic impact of prisons and jails.
In 2017, we’ll fight to prevent construction of state prisons and county jails, and close these sites of oppression that are open today. We’ll educate ourselves, our elected officials, and our communities about the harms of incarceration and the benefits of redirecting resources to life sustaining programs. And we’ll push again for a new state law ending sentencing enhancements based on prior drug convictions.
Together in solidarity,
CURB Staff and Interns
Diana Zuñiga,Gabriela Catalina Pelsinger, Carolina Cardoza, Chad Sjule