Yesterday, an important report came out from the Public Policy Institute of CA.
The report highlighted a few points:
1. Prison reforms did not reduce prison spending, despite reducing the prison population by tens of thousands of people.
2. Incarceration rate is at it’s lowest since mid 1990’s
3. Crime rates are at a historical low
4. Realignment has not increased violent crime
What does this report show us? It shows us that incarceration rates, crime rates, and violent crime are at a low, BUT costs are not decreasing.
We know that costs will not decrease until we start closing prisons and stop building new jails in counties throughout the state.
The logical thing we need to start talking about is prison closure, no jail expansion and a commitment towards investing in services, jobs, and supportive housing. Wasn’t this what these prison reforms and realignment were supposed to bring in the first place?
Please click here now and send a Letter to the Editor to a paper near you showing our support towards redirecting funds from incarceration towards our communities – and bringing people back to our families and communities.
We’re ready to push the policies we know will work – and there’s no question we’re going to need your help backing those up.
But first thing first. We absolutely have to control the story on this one.