Op-Ed: When a prison closes, the town where it sits has a chance for redemption

BY BRIAN KANEDA JAN. 21, 2022  The scheduled deactivation of California Correctional Center has become a hot-button issue for the town of Susanville, sparking anger and a still-pending lawsuit to prevent the prison from closing at all. The fears of residents who have become dependent on prisons for their livelihood have been covered widely in … Read more

LA Times Joint Public Statement: PRISONS ARE RACIST

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

Press Release: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is a “Money Pit”

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

CURB Overview of the 2021-22 May Revision 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

The People’s Plan for Prison Closure

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As a coalition of more than 80 organizations working to reduce the number of people in prisons, reduce the number of existing prisons,  and redirect funding to build the infrastructure of vulnerable communities, Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) strongly supports Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposal for prison closures. Our community is proud to share … Read more