from Wasting Hundreds of Millions
from Wasting Hundreds of Millions
on New Prison & Jail Beds
We need you to take action today to stop new funding for prison and jail beds throughout the state.
This Monday, the Governor released his May Revise of the budget with a Corrections section that almost exactly matches the CDCR master plan released April 23rd. For detail on the plans, check out our press release on the May Revise, and our one page response to the CDCR Future of California Corrections Plan.
In the May Revise the Governor slashes billions from healthcare, housing, education, parks, childcare, workers and all the social services our communities depend on while funding massive prison and jail expansion plans: in this case $500 million for expanded jails and $810 million for more prison beds.
We can’t all make it to Sacramento this week, but we can make our voices heard loud and clear. Budget hearings on Public Safety start today, so we must act immediately to influence these decisions.
Here are 3 ways we need you to get involved:
1. Call and Email the Senate and Assembly Public Safety Subcommittee Members on the Budget
If you are a constituent, be sure to mention that first. Each call should take less than a minute, but if you’ve only got time for a few, prioritize your representative(s), then the committee and budget chairs (in RED below). Here’s what to say when you call:
Hi, My Name is ______________ and (I am a constituent of ______________ and) I am calling to urge Senator/Assemblyperson ______________ to say no to $500 million for jail construction and $810 million for new prison beds in the Governor’s Budget. It is shameful that the CDCR continues to ask for more money to expand the prison system while we are drastically cutting funds for Health and Human Services and Education. I am asking the Senator/Assemblyperson to support budget policy that builds strong communities, not prisons and jails. We need a prison and jail moratorium now.
|Lois Wolk||San Joaquin and Sacramento Counties||(916) 651-4005|
|Joel Anderson||San Diego and Riverside Counties||(916) 651-4036|
|Loni Hancock - Chair||Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Dublin, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Livermore, Oakland, Piedmont, Richmond, and San Pablo.||(916) 651-4009|
|Mark Leno - Chair of Sen Budget||Marin and portions of San Francisco and Sonoma Counties.||(916) 651-4003|
|Gilbert Cedillo - Chair||Los Angeles, Alhambra, Maywood, San Marino, Vernon, and South Pasadena.||(916) 319-2045|
|Luis A. Alejo||San Benito County, the Salinas Valley, North Monterey County, South Santa Clara County and the city of Watsonville.||(916) 319-2028|
|Mike Feuer||Los Feliz to West Los Angeles, including Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, San Fernando Valley, Sherman Oaks to Universal City.||(916) 319-2042|
|Diane L. Harkey||Aliso Viejo, Dana Point , Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Oceanside, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano||(916) 319-2073|
|Mike Morrell||Fontana, Grand Terrace, Highland, Loma Linda, Moreno Valley, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Riverside, San Bernardino, Upland, Yucaipa||(916) 319-2064|
|Bob Blumenfield - Chair of Assem Budget||San Fernando Valley||(916) 319-2040|
To send an email click on the Legislators name above and you can also add:
· The impacts that prisons, jails, and budget cuts have had on you and your community
· Encouraging counties to expand jails when they could take simple, safe steps to reduce their jail populations is following 30 years of failed state policy. Realignment was meant to reduce prison overcrowding by reducing the population, not by transferring the problem to the counties. Funds should be sent to counties to fund community services, not build more cages.
· Similarly, you could avoid $810 million of construction costs and the millions of dollars of debt and operating costs to come if you implement common sense reforms that have been successfully implemented in other states, such as geriatric and medical parole, restorative justice, compassionate release, and drug reform. more than a billion dollars for health services in our communities?
· California needs from our elected officials to implement commen sense parole and sentencing reform policies that will continue to lower the prison population and the CDCR budget.
2. Spread the Word
Forward this email, share this link on your Facebook wall and your friend’s walls, and repost from our Twitter!
3. Attend a Budget Hearing in Sacramento and Speak to These Issues
If you will be or can be in Sacramento in the next two weeks, come testify at the budget hearings. We can provide you with talking points and other support. Get in contact with Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org
Senate Sub 5 Hearings on Corrections & Public Safety
Thursday, May 17th - 9:30am in Room 113
Tuesday, May 22nd - 1:30pm in Room 113
Emily Harris, Statewide Coordinator for CURB