For the past three years, CURB has released an annual report card grading California counties on whether they’re reducing the number of people incarcerated and investing in community solutions, or whether they’re building new jails.
This year, for the first time, every county received a failing score.
It’s been four years since realignment and one year since Prop 47. These reforms provided counties with critical opportunities to implement alternatives to incarceration, invest in community-based services, and strengthen the social safety net.
But across the state, counties are prioritizing incarceration by expanding their jails and building new ones — with enormous social and economic costs.