42 of California’s 58 counties have plans to build new jails (link to new realignment report card). While some of them claim to be reformers, we know we won’t be able to pass sentencing reform or bring our loved ones home unless we stop building cages. These projects put our counties in fiscal jeopardy, and they also undercut the resources available for the life-affirming programs and services that can get people out of jails and keep them out.
Sheriffs throughout the state are making plans to build cages for our children, and we need to stop them. On December 4th, they will be begging the Board of State and Community Corrections for millions of dollars. Come to Sacramento and help us show that communities across the state are united: No New Jails!
What happens December 4th will determine whether counties build new jails or reduce their jail populations. But, as usual, what they aren’t counting on is us. We’re going to pack the hearing room with as many activists as we can possibly mobilize.
As we gear up for the historic “No More Jails” statewide mobilization to Sacramento on December 4th, we put together a 2013 CURB Realignment Report Card, so that you can see if your county has plans to build a new jail.
Whether or not you can join us in person at the Statewide Mobilization this Wednesday in Sacramento, we wanted to share with you some new resouces to support your local fights against jail expansion and a few opportunities on how to amplify our #NoMoreJails message.
2) Listen to our Spokesperson Training & Action Overview Teleconference
4) Help spread the #NoMoreJails message on social media: Add your friend to our event on facebook
As we wrap up our Thanksgiving dinner, strings of lights and stars are already filling shopping centers and displays of red ribbon and gold tinsel adorn storefronts. With the holiday season approaching, I wanted to share a few thoughts with you about the year to come.
In the state of California, nearly 150,000 people will spend this holiday season in prison or jail. As many of us buy gifts for family and friends, there are people in our communities that are struggling to pull together money for the long bus ride to visit their loved ones in prison. As we search for the perfect present, there are children who want nothing more than to have their mommy and daddy return home. As we consider the loneliness and pain felt by people who spend this and countless seasons locked up, no less lonely and hurt are the many in California with someone they love in prison or jail. This holiday marks my son’s 19th year of incarceration, and his 13th year spent in solitary confinement.
With each day comes a new opportunity for Californians to repair, restore, and rebuild together! For every new year we dream big! Moving forward in the coming year, let’s make a resolution that no more families and communities be torn apart by the construction of new prisons and jails. It’s time for California to chart a new course by investing in real alternatives to incarceration, treatment and supportive community programs. These programs mean less communities separated by prison walls, and more families sharing the holidays together.