The budget battle is in session! And for people who support reducing the prison population and investing our resources into smart alternatives this is our year.
In January, the proposed budget was released and, if you remember, there continues to be a lot at stake. The budget highlights our collective effort that resulted in the release of almost 5,000 people from California prisons due to the expansion of good time credit, elder parole, and medical parole!
However, the budget also includes plans to spend MILLIONS of our tax dollars to expand the prison system by thousands of new beds.
Now, we need to get ready for a series of important Assembly and Senate Budget Hearings in Subcommittee No. 5 on Corrections. The first two are tomorrow and this Thursday!
Please join us in standing up for a budget that prioritizes services and programs for our most vulnerable Californians, and stops throwing our taxdollars down the rat hole of incarceration!