The People’s Response to Governor’s Corrections Budget  May Revise 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 10, 2019   The People’s Response to Governor’s Corrections Budget  May Revise Calling for the end of prison and jail as state’s leading health & mental health care provider   MEDIA CONTACT: Amber-Rose Howard, Californians United for a Responsible Budget amberrose@curbprisonspending.org or 909.717.8520   Sacramento — Thursday, May 09, Governor … Read more

CURB Overview of 2019-20 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. READ & DOWNLOAD THE PDF: 2019-20 May Revision Corrections Budget 

When We Fight We Win: Building Community Power to Dismantle the Prison System

SURJ Bay Area is excited to invite you to a special event in Oakland, When We Fight We Win: Building Community Power to Dismantle the Prison System, featuring CURB Statewide Coordinators Amber-Rose Howard and Ivette Alé, Sandra Johnson, Senior Organizer with Legal Services for Prisoners with Children / All of Us or None, and Eric Henderson, Policy Director of Initiate Justice.

These four incredible movement leaders will share insights from recent fights — and victories — in the struggle to dismantle the prison system in California, from repealing sentence enhancements, to shutting down jail expansion plans, to working to restore voting rights to folks on parole. Their stories will highlight the small and big ways you can also contribute to creating a more progressive vision of justice than mass incarceration.

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Governor Newsom’s Executive Order Halts Death Penalty. Now Let’s Drop LWOP!

On March 13, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom announced his decision to halt the execution of 737 people sentenced to death in California prisons. This moratorium on capital punishment acknowledges the significant racial, economic, gender and disability disparities in death penalty sentencing and is an important step toward justice. California has the highest prison population in the country and has sentenced the greatest number of people to death row. Now, 737 have been granted life. It would be equally as ineffective and immoral to add that number of people to the 5,200 others who are currently serving Life Without the Possibility of Parole. Let us not sentence 737 more people to “the other death penalty.”

Our hope is that Governor Newsom will extended the equity and justice informed lens that brought him to stop the death penalty as he moves forward examining other forms of extreme sentencing in CA, including Life Without the Possibility of Parole.

Life Without Parole sentencing is increasingly being challenged and limited across the United States. Many states, including California, have passed legislation banning Life Without Parole sentences for youth. Now it is time to move forward and eliminate this inhumane punishment for all people. LWOP sentences deny that every person has the capacity to change, grow and be rehabilitated. While commuting a sentence does not guarantee release from prison, it does guarantee that each person will have the right to see the parole board in their lifetime, rather than being sentenced to a “living death”, an existence without hope. Life Without the Possibility of Parole is not a smart, safe, equitable or just alternative to the death penalty. 

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California Assembly Passes Bill to Allowing Judges to Strike Mandatory Sentence Enhancement for Prior Felony Convictions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: September 1, 2018   Eunisses Hernandez: 213-226-6426, Glenn Backes: 916-202-2538 California Assembly Passes Bill to Allowing Judges to Strike Mandatory Sentence Enhancement for Prior Felony Convictions Bill Now Heads to the Governor’s Desk Sacramento, CA — On August 31, 2018 the California Assembly voted to pass Senate Bill 1393, authored by … Read more