Community Members Call for Restored Rights to People with Felony Convictions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—March 20th, 2012

Community Members Call for Restored Rights to People with Felony Convictions

Organizations Speak at Oakland City Council in Support of Resolutions to Support Prisoner Reentry

Press Contact:  Isaac Ontiveros, Californians United for a Responsible Budget | Ph. 510 444 0484

What: Oakland City Council Meeting

When: Tuesday, March 20 2012, 6:30pm

Where: Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza Continue reading

California to dish out $602 million for jail construction not education

California to dish out $602 million for jail construction

By  | KALW News | March 8, 2012 |  

The Corrections Standards Authority today approved $602,881,000 in funds for jail construction projects in 11 counties, the second phase in what’s now a $1.2 billion investment in county jails.

Los Angeles will receive $100 million, as will Riverside and Orange counties. Smaller grants will go to Santa Barbara, Tulare, Stanislaus, Kings, Shasta, Sutter, Madera, and Imperial counties.

Originally authorized in 2007 under AB 900, the allocations were recently kicked into gear to help counties deal with increased responsibility for low-level offenders under AB 109, the state’s prison realignment plan.

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Community Groups Reject LA County Bid For $100M Grant To Build New Jails

VIA CBS Community Groups Reject LA County Bid For $100M Grant To Build New Jails

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A number of Southland activist groups are opposing efforts by county officials to obtain state funding for jail upgrades and new jail construction.

KNX 1070′s Pete Demetriou reports they want Los Angeles County supervisors to reject a potential $100 million grant.

Mary Sutton of Californians United for a Responsible Budget said plans for a new women’s prison in Castaic and other projects are anything but a responsible use of taxpayer dollars.

“If there is construction dollars, what they should be building is housing, job training centers, drug rehab centers,” said Sutton. Continue reading

CA Legislative Office Suggests Billions Dollars in Reductions to AB900 and Prison Closures

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE–February 24, 2012

LAO Suggests Billions of Dollars in Reductions to AB900 and Possible Prison Closures

Contact: Isaac Ontiveros, Californians United for a Responsible Budget | Phone: 510-517-6612

Oakland–In its recent assessment of Governor Brown’s realignment plan, Refocusing CDCR After the 2011 Realignment, California’s Legislative Analyst Office (LAO) suggested that the Legislature examine reducing prison expansion plans and closing prisons. The report also calls for a moratorium on building new prison hospital beds and points out the need to recalibrate rehabilitation programs to meet the needs of those remaining in state prisons. Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), a statewide coalition working to reduce the number of prisons and the number of people in prisons and jails in California has been recommending many of the same changes for years.  Continue reading

RALLY TO STOP JAIL EXPANSION

LET’S TELL FRESNO COUNTY “NO” TO MORE JAIL BEDS

MONDAY – FEB 20, Beginning: 11:00 A.M.

 IN FRONT OF THE FRESNO COUNTY JAIL (M STREET & FRESNO STREET)

WE NEED MORE… 

  • COMMUNITY BASED REHABILITATION
  • EXPAND NEW AND EXISTING COMMUNITY BASED  TREATMENT PROGRAMS
  •  MENTAL HEALTH  SERVICES

USE ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION BY

  • REDUCING PRE-TRIAL INMATES THROUGH O.R.
  • IMPLEMENT RESTORTATIVE JUSTICE

JOIN: CALIFORNIA PRISON MORATORIUM PROJECT, CALIFORNIANS UNITED FOR RESPONSIBLE BUDGET (c.u.r.b.) NNIA, and MANY MORE COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND ORGANIZATIONS

SAY NO TO JAIL EXPANSION IN SAN MATEO!

SAY NO TO JAIL EXPANSION
IN SAN MATEO!

For month’s Sheriff Monks has been pushing forward a massive jail expansion proposal in San Mateo.  According to the ACLU of Northern California, 71% of the people in the county’s jails are being held while they wait for a hearing or a trial. This means that many of these people are in jail because they are too poor to afford bail.

Help us demand real solutions for San Mateo County by pushing for the County to support reentry and reduce the number of people in the jail instead of wasting millions of dollars to build a new one!  

LA County Jail Expansion Met With ‘No New Jails’ Protest

By  | 01/25/2012 | The Huffington Post

“No new jails! No new jails!” These were the rallying cries of about two hundred protestors Tuesday as the LA Board of Supervisors met to consider expanding the county jail system.

As CBS reports, protestors demanded that the $1.5 billion that would go into Sherriff Lee Baca’s plan to rebuild Men’s Central Jail be spent instead on recidivism prevention, jobs, education and public safety.

Protester Mary Sutton said to CBS, “We need to prevent people from going into cages rather than building more cages.” She continued, “Do not build a new prison. Because what I know is if you build them you’ll fill them, and you’ll overfill them.” Continue reading