California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is a “Money Pit”

by Amber Rose Howard

Despite prison closures and historically low prison populations, California is failing to end its addiction to prison spending, advocates say  SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA––In response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s May Revise Budget for 2021-22 released today, Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) provided the following statement:   CURB applauds the major investments in health and human services…



The People’s Plan for Prison Closure

by Amber Rose Howard

Get the People's Plan for Prison Closure PDF As a coalition of more than 80 organizations working to reduce the number of people in prisons, reduce the number of existing prisons,  and redirect funding to build the infrastructure of vulnerable communities, Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) strongly supports Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposal for…

CURB’s Statement On the Deactivation of California Correctional Center (CCC)

by Amber Rose Howard

Yesterday, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced the deactivation of California Correctional Center (CCC) in Susanville by June 30, 2022.  The deactivation of CCC, a remote, 58 year old facility in need of over $500 million in infrastructure repairs, is part of the Newsom Administration’s plan to close two state-owned prisons (the…



CURB Overview of 2021-22 Proposed Corrections Budget

by Amber Rose Howard

Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) is a statewide coalition of organizations working to reduce the number of people imprisoned in California and the number of prisons and jails in the state. We advocate for an investment in justice that centers care, not punishment. Governor Newsom’s 2021-22 proposed budget for Corrections includes $13.1 billion…



CURB’s Prison Closure Letter to CA Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 5

by Amber Rose Howard

Dear Sub 5 Committee Leaders,  Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) writes in strong opposition to any additional funding to CDCR for infrastructure related projects. Over the past 5 years, there have been substantial increases to state spending on corrections. This year, Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed $13.1 billion dollars out of the general…



Full-Time Statewide Coordinator 2021: Membership

by Amber Rose Howard

We’re hiring! Come join the CURB team. Applications Due Friday, 11/16/20. Send a cover letter and resumé to steve@sjanda.com. CURB is seeking a passionate person with strong organizing and communications skills to serve as a full-time Statewide Coordinator with a particular focus on Membership Engagement. Responsibilities: Create and implement a strategic plan for increasing member…



Full-Time Statewide Coordinator 2021: Policy/Advocacy

by Amber Rose Howard

We’re Hiring! Come join the CURB team. Applications Due Friday, 11/16/20. Send a cover letter and resumé to steve@sjanda.com. Full-Time Statewide Coordinator: Policy/Advocacy 2021 CURB is seeking a passionate person in Sacramento or the Bay Area, with strong organizing and communications skills to serve as a full-time Statewide Coordinator with a particular focus on Policy…



CURB’s statement on #DefundPolice

by Amber Rose Howard

Connecting the dots between Police and Prisons: Corrections officers are cops too!  Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) is a coalition of grassroots organizations working to reduce the number of people incarcerated in our state. We’re fighting to stop new cages from being built and shut down existing jails, prisons and immigration detention centers.…



URGENT ACTION ALERT! Tell Governor Newsom Closing 2 State Owned Prisons is the Right Thing To Do!

by Amber Rose Howard

Governor Newsom proposed closing 2 state prisons in his 2020-21 budget proposal but it isn’t clear whether he will prioritize closing state owned prisons or a privately owned facility that the state leases. CURB supports closing at least 2 state owned facilities! California must continue to reduce the prison population and capture the $400 million…



#ClemencyCoast2Coast: Join us Tomorrow to Call on Governors in California and New York to #LetThemGo

by Amber Rose Howard

In the wake of COVID-19, CURB, California Coalition for Women Prisoners and The DROP LWOP Coalition join with public health officials, families of incarcerated people, incarcerated people, and community advocates in demanding that Governor Newsom and the state legislature take immediate action to execute their legal responsibility to protect vulnerable people in prisons, especially older…