Archive for October, 2013

Victory: LA’s Taft Jail Expansion Contract Defeated!

October 31, 2013

Dear Supporter, The LA No More Jails Coalition and our allies had a huge victory against jail expansion.  After months of pressure from Advocates, the Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to stop the contract with the City of Taft.  LA will no longer house 512 people in a jail in Kern County. This win would not […]

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Los Angeles Supervisors Voting to Stop Taft Contract for Jail Expansion

October 28, 2013

MEDIA ADVISORY  - OCTOBER 28, 2013 CONTACT: Diana Zuñiga, 213-864-8931, Californians United for a Responsible Budget  When: 10am, October 29, 2013 Where: Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 West Temple St., Los Angeles Los Angeles – Tomorrow, the LA Board of Supervisors will vote on a motion to stop the contract, with the City of Taft, to house 512 Los Angeles County residents […]

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Stop LA Jail Expansion?

October 28, 2013

Come Out Tomorrow       Call the Board   Dear Supporter, Last week, Supervisor Molina submitted a motion to stop the long-term contract with the City of Taft, to use a recently vacated prison to house L.A. County prisoners. We have another chance to make sure the Board of Supervisors stops this contract that […]

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Prison crowding: Gov. Brown can thank Supreme Court for political cover

October 25, 2013

By Ruth Wilson Gilmore and Emily Harris Special to the Mercury News Despite Gov. Jerry Brown’s pointless and frenzied vows to appeal once again, the Supreme Court’s decision ends an important chapter in the decades-long prison saga. The court denied Brown’s request for a stay in implementing the last of the court-ordered reduction in the […]

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Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi Asks for Money to Build a Brand New Jail

October 22, 2013

This article appeared in SF Weekly on 10/22/13 Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is looking to get $80 million in state funding to help build a new jail, sparking criticism from community members who’d prefer more rehab programs, and fewer jail cells. The application for the money goes before the Board of Supervisors today for approval. If […]

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San Francisco Residents Continue to Fight Proposed Jail

October 21, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—October 21, 2013 When: October 22d at 2pm Where: Full Chambers, City Hall, San Francisco. Contact: Emily Harris, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, 510-435-1176 San Francisco— Residents and community organizations are continuing their fight to stop San Franscsico Sherriff Ross Mirkarimi from barreling forward on his controversial plans for a $700 million new jail in the city.  In what […]

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Do you think the new SF jail is good for children?

October 17, 2013

Last week Supervisor Eric Mar said he “can’t under clear conscience support” what he called “a step forward towards expanding the prison-industrial complex in this country.”  Due to Supervisor Mar’s bold opposition, the full Board of Supervisors must vote on supporting the county’s application for state funds to build the new $700 million dollar jail.  Join […]

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Review of Oct. 9 SHU Hearing – Invite to Prison Overcrowding Hearing Oct. 21st

October 16, 2013

“Until there’s action, we’re going to continue to scrutinize and hold your feet to the fire.” – Tom Ammiano, Chair of Assembly Public Safety Committee, to CDCR officials.  Click here for a video of the rally and hearing, or here to watch the full hearing On October 9th, the Public Safety Committees held the first of several joint hearings […]

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Don’t Miss Our “How to Stop a Jail” Webinar Tomorrow

October 14, 2013

Nationally we are seeing a boom in plans to expand county jails. In California alone 33 of 58 counties are planning to build new jails. I work with Nation Inside, a platform that connects and supports people who are building a movement to systematically challenge mass incarceration in the United States. Tomorrow we are partnering […]

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3 Ways to Fight Jail Expansion in Riverside!

October 14, 2013

I’m a tax payer, a mother, and a community member. I want to see my children and grandchildren inherit a world that is better than the one we inherited. I am a volunteer, an executive director, and an attorney. I am also formerly incarcerated. Did you know that Riverside County is steamrolling a plans forward to build 2 new “mega” jails? One […]

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