Day 2: Take action for #MentalHealthDiversion in #LABudget

Dear Supporter,

The #LABudget has set aside over $103 million for the Sheriff’s Department to reform mental health services and reduce use of force in the jails.

The Sheriff’s solution is to hire more deputies to create new “teams” in the department. We see little to no additional funding for experienced clinicians and health professionals in this year’s budget.

This is absurd – people with mental health issues should be diverted from jails

The Sheriff’s Department is also requesting millions of dollars for 2,323 additional positions. Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department continues to rank second in the largest law enforcement agencies in the nation.

Action 2: #MentalHealthDiversion

We need to let the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors know that we do not want more funding for more Sheriff deputies in the jail system. The County needs to prioritize the creation, implementation and expansion of out-of-custody mental health care programs and aggressively recruit qualified healthcare professionals in order to divert people from jails.

Think of what our community can do with $103 million! How many people could we provide reentry services or mental health treatment? How many youth centers could be built?

Please take action now! And look out for three more actions this week.

In solidarity,

Diana Zuñiga

Interim Statewide Coordinator

Californians United for a Responsible Budget

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 »