Grassroots Coalition Asks Legislators to Lift the Media Access Ban on CA Prisons


June 8, 2012

Community Members Travel From Around State to

Weigh in On Senate’s Public Safety Agenda

CONTACT: Emily Harris, Californians United for a Responsible Budget (510-435-1176)

What: Grassroots advocates will participate in a Senate Public Safety Committee Hearing and then rally in support of reforms in public safety policy including AB 1270 – a bill to increase journalists’ access to California State Prisons. Following the rally, participants will conduct lobbying visits to their Senate representatives.       

Who: The rally and lobbying day is organized by Californians United for a Responsible Budget (aka the CURB Coalition). Participants include The Center for Young Women’s Development (San Francisco), California Coalition for Women Prisoners (San Francisco), Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (San Francisco), the Friends Committee on Legislation California (Sacramento) and the Youth Justice Coalition (Los Angeles) and others.    

When: Tuesday -J une 12, 2012: The Senate Hearing begins at 9 am and the rally begins at noon (12 pm). Senate office visits will take place throughout the afternoon.

Where: The Senate hearing is in Room 3191 of the Capitol. The rally will be held on the North Steps of the Capitol building, Sacramento, CA


AB1270 passed the California Assembly on January 26, 2012 and is now poised for a vote in the Senate Public Safety Committee on June 12. Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-SF) sponsored the bill citing the need for more transparency and public accountability from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), an institution that receives $9.2 billion of taxpayer’s money.   

AB1270 is supported by: Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, California Broadcasters Association, California Public Defenders Association, American Civil Liberties Union of California, California Newspaper Publishers Association, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement, Drug Policy Alliance, Fair Chance Project, Friends Committee on Legislation of California, Pacific Media Workers Guild, Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California, Justice Ministry Team – Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Latino Journalists of California, Lifers’ Education Fund, Media Alliance, National Radio Project – Making Contact, Pacifica Foundation, Progressive Christians Uniting, Conservatives for Social Change, Radio Television Digital News Association, the Other Death Penalty Project, Transgender Gender-Varient & Intersex Justice, and the California Correctional Peace Officers’ Association, which includes prison guards and parole officers.



About the Author


Recent Articles

CURB Overview of the 2021-22 Proposed Corrections Budget

Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) is a statewide coalition of organizations working to reduce the number of people imprisoned in California and the number of prisons and jails in the state. We advocate for an investment in justice that centers care, not punishment. Governor Newsom’s May Revision of the 2021-22 budget for Corrections includes $13.3

Read More »


6/22/21 Editors and Writers of The Los Angeles Times, We’re writing in hopes of evolving The Los Angeles Times’ coverage on prison closure. An article released two days after Juneteenth sought to center the narrative that closing prisons equals economic devastation. This dialogue reminds us of the arguments of the Antebellum South. Like prisons, slavery

Read More »


Despite prison closures and historically low prison populations, California is failing to end its addiction to prison spending, advocates say  SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA––In response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s May Revise Budget for 2021-22 released today, Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) provided the following statement: CURB applauds the major investments in health and human services the Newsom

Read More »