Stop sending our loved ones to other counties!

Dear Supporter,

Did you hear? Assemblymember Mark Stone of Monterey has recently introduced a policy that would allowcounties to continue to transfer prisons to other county jails.
Since I heard the news, I have been working with local organizations in the Monterey Bay area to let the Assemblymember and the Legislature know that we do NOT support the coerced transfer of prisoners far away from their families.

I know what it’s like to have a loved one incarcerated far away from your home. My husband was once transferred more than 800 miles away from where I lived, making visiting nearly impossible.
This kind of forced transfer of prisoners is another deceptive form of jail expansion and puts an unfair strain on families, disintegrating the support structures that are integral to rehabilitation.
I have already met with Stone and delivered 200 petition signatures opposing the bill, asking for the implementation of SUSTAINABLE solutions to jail overcrowding, such as lowering of the bail schedule, increasing pretrial services, and increasing the use of split sentencing.As a resident of Assemblymembers Stone’s district, I hope you join me in opposing this policy by adding your signature today!
Thank you,Taina Vargas-Edmond
Dignity and Power NOW
A member of Californians United for a Responsible Budget
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Important Corrections Budget Hearings

CURB’s Policy Advocacy Committee will be mobilizing people to attend the following hearings. Please contact Emily at emily@curbprisonspendng.org or 510-435-1176 if you would like to join us!  Look out for more details soon.

For the most update information or to watch the hearings live visit the Assembly and Senate Budget webpages. Please review the Legislative Analysts Offices recommendations on the Corrections Budget

Who is coming to prison and why?
Assembly: Wednesday, March 5th
In Room 437 at 1:30pm

Topics include: Population trends, medical inspections, Avernal water shortage, valley fever, CHCF intake suspensions,  and rehab programs.

Who is coming to prison and why?
Senate: Thursday, March 6th
In Room 113 at 9:30am          

            Topics include: Women in prison, population trends.

Do we need more jail cells?
Assembly: Wednesday, March 12th
In Room 437 at 1:30pm

Topics include: Board of State and Community Corrections, realignment, local jail construction.

Do we need more jail cells? 
Senate: Thursday, March 13th
In Room 113 at 9:30am

Topics include: Board of State and Community Corrections, realignment, local jail construction.

3 Judge Panel Update 
Assembly: Wednesday, March 26th
In Room 437 at 1:30pm
 
Topics include: Capitol Outlay, Heath Care Receiver, update since  suspension intake  at CHCF, & Medi-Cal Enrollment.
 
3 Judge Panel Update
Senate: Thursday, March 27th
In Room 113 at 9:30am

 Topics include: Capitol Outlay, Heath Care Receiver, update since suspension intake  at CHCF, & Medi-Cal Enrollment.

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No More Jails Riverside Needs You

Dear Supporter,

Across the country, communities faced with the problem of crowded jails and strained local finances have begun looking for ways to curb jail population growth. These communities have avoided jail construction without compromising community safety, and many have been successful in doing so by using a combination of system efficiency measures and carefully considered alternative programs.

Riverside County operates five correctional facilities. Not enough?

Riverside applied for $80 million for a 582 person jail and was recently denied, however, there are scary plans to send more jail construction down the pipeline and we need to make sure that our county knows we do not want another jail.

All of Us or None Riverside, IE Outside the Cage and so many others are hoping to get 1,000 residents of Riverside to join us in opposing the jail. Sign on now!

We need to keep the pressure on and let Riverside know we need community alternatives!

Will you join me by signing on to our letter.

Join us in demanding real sustainable alternatives, a reduction in the jail population and investment in Riverside’s most vulnerable communities.

Towards justice,

 

David Chávez
Member of Inland Empire Outside the Cage and
Californians United for a Responsible Budget

 

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Attend the Justice Reinvestment Hearing in LA

 

Dear Supporter,The Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment’s goal will be real data-based, long-term solutions that will help us stop spending excessive money on prisons and allow us to focus more on investments that grow our economy and provide opportunity.”  Speaker Pérez said.

Attend the next hearing in Los Angeles Hearing on Friday, February 28th.

Bring your stories and experiences; this is a rare chance for Committee members to hear from people who are not law enforcement or government officials. 

I served 45 years in prison, starting on Death Row. Almost two years ago I was paroled, I attempted to obtain employment within the city to no avail.  Like many former prisoners hunger and economic issues led down to a despairing path of homelessness.

Fortunately, I discovered a community based organization, they gave me what everyone needs: a fair chance!

We know how to reduce spending on incarceration and invest that money to expand alternatives like the Fair Chance Program that better serve communities all across the state!

My skills are being utilized in a meaningful way; I am properly housed, fed and very grateful. We need the Committee on Justice Reinvestment to hear our stories.

See you there,

Ernest Shepard III

Fair Chance Project a member of Californians United for a Responsible Budget

 

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Broad Coalition Responds to 2 Years Extension on Prison Overcrowding Case

Media Alert: Friday, February 18th 2014
Calls for California Leadership to Act Immediately to Reduce the Prison Population and Cancel All Prison Expansion Plans
Sacramento: Pete Woiwode, CAP, 510-504-9552 – 10am outside the Governor’s Office
Los Angeles: Diana Zuñiga, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, 213-864-8931 - 11am at Ronald Reagan State Building, 300 South Spring, St. LA
San Francisco: Jesse Stout, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, 973-735-4887 - 11am at the State Building, 350 McAllister St, SF

California: On Wednesday, February 19th in Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Francisco a broad coalition of organizations representing housing, health care, faith, youth, women’s issues, criminal justice, and more will deliver a response letter to the 2 year extension on prison overcrowding. The letter, delivered to Governor Jerry Brown, Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, and Speaker John Perez, calls on the leadership of state of California to respond to immediately reduce prison overcrowding by expanding parole and sentencing reform measures, investing resources in restorations to the social safety net and canceling all prison expansion plans.

“We appreciate the steps the court has taken to address prison overcrowding and support their order not to send additional prisoners to out-of-state facilities. However, unless we immediately cancel all of Governor Brown’s current plans to expand California’s prison capacity by over 5,000 new beds, we will not solve the crisis. The end result will not be a more just, equitable, and safe state, it will be more people in cages in California.  We remain deeply concerned regarding the human and financial cost of the Governor’s proposed expansion of the prison system. We urge the Legislature to take immediate action to reduce the prison population.” Diana Zuñiga, Field Organizer for Californians United for a Responsible Budget.

Participating organizations include: A New PATH, All of Us or None – San Diego, California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, California Partnership, California Prison Focus, Community Hispanic Association, Courage Campaign, Critical Resistance, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, California Prison Moratorium Project, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, FACTS Education Fund, Fair Chance Project, Freedom Archives, Friends Committee on Legislation California, Grey Panthers of San Francisco, Invest in Education Not Incarceration Transform Education, ISIDORE, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, The Los Angeles Community Action Network, National Association of Social Workers – CA Chapter, National Lawyers Guild – SF Bay Chapter, People’s Power Assembly – United for Racial Justice, PICO California, Sin Barras – Santa Cruz, United Against Police Terror – San Diego, Western Center on Law & Poverty, and the Youth Justice Coalition along with hundreds of organizations and individuals.

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2 Year Extension Needs Your Voice

 

Governor Brown: Make Real Changes!

Sign on Today!

Dear Supporter,This week the Federal Courts granted Governor Brown a 2 year extension to meet the court order to reduce the prison population. This could mark a time of unbelievable strides towards parole and sentencing reform or be a scary step towards the expansion of more prison cells.

We need you to demand immediate action by signing on to the community response to the 2 year extension as an organization or as an individual.

My organization the California Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, has signed on because children and families are suffering from a lack of health, human, and social services funding, our answer to this suffering can not be to build more prisons.

We need our communities to be the priority and we hope you’ll join us. 

I’ll be delivering this sign-on letter to Governor Brown’s Sacramento office next Wednesday, along with other advocates in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Help us reach our goal of getting 200 organizations and 2,500 individuals to join us by next Wednesday.

Thank you,

Rebecca Gonzales
Director of Government Relations and Political Affairs

National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter

Join A New PATH, All of Us or None – San Diego, California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, California Partnership, Courage Campaign, Critical Resistance, California Prison Moratorium Project, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, FACTS Education Fund, Fair Chance Project, Friends Committee on Legislation California, Grey Panthers of San Francisco, Invest in Education Not Incarceration Transform Education, ISIDORE, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, National Association of Social Workers CA Chapter, National Lawyers Guild, S.F. Bay Area Chapter, The Los Angeles Community Action Network, People’s Power Assembly – United for Racial Justice, PICO California, Sin Barras – Santa Cruz, United Against Police Terror – San Diego, Western Center on Law & Poverty.

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Share this Thunderclap – Deadline: Monday, Feb. 17th at 12pm!

Hello all:

Please share this Thunderclap on social media as a part of the response to the 2 year extension the court approved yesterday.

We have until Monday, Feb. 17th at 12pm to get 100 supporters. Please start sharing!

Share this URL to promote your Thunderclap:
http://thndr.it/M8CWMR

Thunderclap statement: “CA: Act NOW stop pri$on expan$ion, expand parole and sentencing reforms! Sign on: http://bit.ly/NwLka4 #cabudget http://thndr.it/1bm3dD1

 

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Live from the SHU Hearing…

From the Overflow Room

Tune in NOW!

 

Dear Supporter,Today is a big day in Sacramento for everyone that has been seeking justice for our loved ones, we’ve got a full house at the hearing!  I stand with family members, advocates, and organizers throughout the state to make sure that the voice of our loved ones are present at the Solitary Confinement Hearing.

We are here to demand that reforms are implemented so that our loved ones can get out of the SHU.

I want to thank you for donating to help feed those of us here in Sacramento today and for over 1,000 people that took action demanding our Legislators attend the hearing.

And I want you to continue to fight with us. Please keep the words of my husband strong in your minds and hearts as we fight for justice together.

“For decades now, CDCR has actively been working to break our ties to family and friends on the outside.  These hearings have the potential to correct this destructive course.  I’m hoping the legislators have the courage to confront this destructive policy and put families back together.” – Gabriel A. Huerta/Pelican Bay Prison/Short Corridor

Thanks for standing with us. Ya Basta!

Irene Huerta, California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement
Proud member of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition & Californians United for a Responsible Budget


P.S. Share this pictures from the hearing on social media!

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CURB on Today’s Court Ruling to Grant a 2 Year Extension on Prison Overcrowding Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Monday, February 10th 2014

CONTACT:
Emily Harris: 248-330-0758 or emily@curbprisonspending.org
ATTACHED: Today’s Court Order and Opinion
Statement by Diana Zuñiga, Field Organizer for Californians United for a Responsible Budget, on today’s court order on the State’s overcrowded prisons:
“This morning, the Court granted the State of California a 2-year extension to reduce prison overcrowding in the state. We appreciate the steps the court has taken to address prison overcrowding and support their order not to send additional prisoners to out-of-state facilities. However, unless we immediately cancel all of Governor Brown’s current plans to expand California’s prison capacity by over 5,000 new beds, we will not solve the crisis. The end result will not be a more just, equitable, and safe state, it will be more people in cages in California.  We remain deeply concerned regarding the human and financial cost of the Governor’s proposed expansion of the prison system.
We urge the Legislature to follow the courts recommendations and the Governor’s own by making all credit reforms immediately retroactive and to expand elder parole, medical parole, the alternative custody program and good-time credit to an even broader segment of our current prison population.  Though the Court suggests that California implement a sentencing commission, it should be made clear that California could change our harsh parole and sentencing laws immediately, without creating another board that is dominated not by community voices, but by law enforcement. We don’t need to waste further time to address this crisis and further money that could be used to restore the social safety net, we need real sustainable solutions now.
For more information, or for interviews with CURB members please contact Emily Harris – information above.
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CURB is a statewide alliance of over 50 organizations working to curb prison spending by reducing the number of people in prison and the number of prisons in California.


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Legislators: Attend the SHU Hearing!

We need your help, to make sure the elected officials that are responsible for setting prison policy show up at next Tuesday’s hearing on solitary confinement.
In July of last year 30,000 prisoners across California went on hunger strike in protest of the torture of solitary confinement and other egregious living conditions.
In the face of horrendous repression, they won historic hearings on the issue of solitary confinement, but at the last hearing only a handful of legislators attended. 
Send a letter to your representative and help us take one step closer toward abolishing solitary confinement.
Don’t live in California? Click here.
Join us next week for the hearing:
Where: Sacramento, CA Capitol Building
When: Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 9:30am-12pm - Hearing (State Capitol Building Rm. 4202)
Rally & Lunch: Immediately following the hearing
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