California Communities Continue Fight Against Jail & Prison Expansion in Gov’s May Budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 13, 2014
Press Conferences and Rallies to Be Held Across the State

Press Contact:
Californians United for A Responsible Budget
Emily Harris-(510) 435-1176

California-Residents and community organizations from across the state will respond today and tomorrow to Governor Brown’s May Revise Budget. 

Spending on Corrections is slated to rise 2.9%, and total spending on prisons will top $12 billion.

“It is unfortunate but not surprising that since the Courts granted the Governor’s request for an additional two years to come into compliance, he is reducing funding for programs that would safely cut the prison population,” said Debbie Reyes of California Prison Moratorium Project.

Funding to begin the expansion of medical parole, to begin an elder parole program and to create a parole process for non-violent and non-sexual second strikers has been cut to half what it was in the Governor’s January budget.

“We are encouraged by some of the restorations in social service programs, but very disappointed that the Governor continues to protect the prison budget from real scrutiny and the real cuts that could make a huge difference for poor Californians,” said Diana Zuñiga of CURB

This week members of CURB will join with other anti-poverty organizations to demand just and life-affirming budget priorities, and restorations to the state’s social safety net.

Please find details on multiple press conferences below.  Expert spokespeople are available immediately.

TUESDAY, MAY 13:

Los Angeles
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Where: Ronald Reagan State Building, Governor’s Press Conference Room, 16th Floor, 300 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

San Diego
Time: 2:45 p.m.
Where: San Diego City Administration Building, Media Room, 13th floor, 202 C Street, San Diego, CA 92101

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14:

San Francisco
Time: 1:30pm
Location: State Building 350 McAllister Street

Santa Cruz
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Superior Court, 701 Ocean St

Bakersfield
Time: 9:00am
Location: Liberty Bell, 1400 Truxtun

Los Angeles
Time: 12:00 Noon
Location: State Building, 300 S. Spring Street

San Bernardino
Time: 12:00 Noon
Location: Rose Parks State Building, 464 West 4th Street
 

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