4 Ways to Stop Jail Expansion in Santa Cruz!

My name is Tash Nguyen and I’m a student at UC Santa Cruz with a deep commitment to building strong communities and alternatives to incarceration. I’m also grassroots organizer with Sin Barras ‘without (prison) bars’ in spanish, a community-based group here in Santa Cruz that works to build coalitions to eradicate the prison industrial-complex. Our county is hastily proposing to expand Rountree Detention Center and we plan to stop this jail new multi-million dollar in its tracks, and we need your help!

Here are 4 things you can do to join the fight: 

Sign our statewide Petition againstPrison and Jail Expansion 


1. Attend our Anti-Expansion Strategy Session this Thursday

Learn about Santa Cruz County’s plan to spend millions on new jail beds and help strategize a plan to stop this jail expansion project with Sin BarrasInside Out Writing Project, and Emily Harris, Statewide Coordinator for CURB.
When: Thursday October 17, 6:30pm-8:00pm

2. Voice your opposition at the Board of Supervisors meeting!

On Tuesday October 22, officials from the Santa Cruz county jail will present a proposal to Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, seeking almost $25 million in state money to expand jail facilities. But a bigger jail does not mean a safer community. Come share your voice at the public comment period to say why YOU think expanding the jail is a bad idea.

Where: Governmental Center Building Rm. 525 // 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz
When: Tuesday October 22, 9:00 AM

3. RSVP for our “How to Fight a Jail in Your Town” Webinar 

Tuesday, October 15th at 12:00pm (PST).

Join CURB & Nation Inside for a special webinar on fighting jail expansion in your community. Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) has created a resource guide “How to stop a jail in your town,” for local organizing against jail expansion.

The interactive webinar will cover local organizing techniques through case studies that focus on environmental strategies, community alternatives, and will specifically look at the impact of jail expansion on women. Join experts from across the country as we share experiences, lessons learned, and hear your stories about this issue.

4. Sign our “Statewide Petition against Prison and Jail Expansion”

Help us reach our goal of getting 200 people from Santa Cruz to sign this petition.

These issues not only plague us here in Santa Cruz, there are troubling expansion projects throughout California. Please share this email with friends, family and organizations and help us build an even larger voice of opposition to prison and jail expansion throughout the state.

Health & Happiness,

Tash Nguyen

Sin Barras and member of Californians United for a Responsible Budget







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