Tell state officials: Prop 47 savings belong in communities!

Dear Supporter,

In October, the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) held its first of seven public meetings on the implementation of Prop 47 and how communities want to invest the savings.

The next four public meetings have been scheduled in Fresno, San Bernardino, LA and San Diego, and they need to hear from you!

This is the same Board that has doled out over $2 billion dollars for jail construction. We must ensure that these new jails don’t absorb any of the Prop 47 savings.

It is important that the BSCC hear a unified message from communities throughout the state: We want care in the community, not in jails; we want our people deciding what happens with the Prop 47 savings, not law enforcement

Please share this meeting information with folks you know who might be interested in attending these mobilizations.

Meeting Dates and Locations

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CURB responds to CDCR's new master plan: “A concerning vision of a more powerful prison system"

Press contact:
Lizzie Buchen, Californians United for a Responsible Budget
lizzie@curbprisonspending.org
510-435-1176

Yesterday evening, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation released “An Update to the Future of California Corrections,” an update to the department’s master plan from 2012.  CURB’s Lizzie Buchen released the following statement in response to the plan:

“This report reveals the failure of CDCR’s efforts to sustainably reduce incarceration and resolve the humanitarian crisis of its prisons, and instead outlines a concerning vision for an expanded and more powerful prison system. Four years ago, the department laid out plans to end its deadly prison crowding, stop shipping prisoners out of state against their will, and save billions of dollars. Yet as of the release of this new plan, the CDCR remains under federal court oversight, incarcerates more than 5,000 people in other states, and has a budget that has grown by nearly $1.5 billion since 2012.

“Instead of presenting plans for a durable solution to prison overcrowding, the CDCR is evading responsibility for its failures, blaming the federal judges for affirming the 137.5% overcrowding limit upheld by the Supreme Court, and pointing to undefined “complex factors” to explain why the promised “population and budget reductions did not materialize”. During the course of these four years, the Governor vetoed several bills that could have further reduced the population. He opposed every population reduction measure ordered by the courts and did not support Prop 47, even though he appears to take credit for the success of these reforms. These actions amount to a persistent, ruthless, and brazen resistance to change.

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