LA County Jails Knowingly Expose Prisoners to Deadly Fungal Infection

For nearly three years, the LA No More Jails Coalition has been organizing against the construction of a new women's jail in the city of Lancaster, California, which sits at the northern edge of LA County -- home to the largest jail system in the country. The fight has been a long one, and organizers continue to work to ensure that public funds are diverted away from another jail, and instead invested toward alternatives -- diversion programs that would get people released and much needed … [Read more...]

CURBing California’s Jail-Building Jones

A product of a dysfunctional family, Dolores Canales started cycling in and out of jail as a teenager, her demons leading to drug abuse and petty crimes. Each time she was released in that more than 20-year chapter of her life, she recalls receiving little or no support, prompting repeated relapses once she was on the street. But the 56-year-old Fullerton resident has been clean for 14 years and is now part of a statewide grassroots movement to not only provide more support for those who … [Read more...]

Amid Mass Incarceration Debate, California Jails Get $500M To Expand, Build New Correction Facilities

Despite a declining inmate population in California, around a dozen jails were expected to be given millions in financing to expand their facilities. About $500 million was awarded Monday to expand and build new jails across the state, according to TeleSUR, a Latin American television network. About 15 counties are set to receive money for jail construction at the recommendation of the California Board of State and Community Corrections, the board that oversees funding for California jails. … [Read more...]

Getting a Finger on the Pulse with Lizzie Buchen

Lizzie Buchen has recently joined CURB—Californians United for a Responsible Budget—as its Statewide Advocacy and Communications Co-Coordinator, working out of Oakland. Earlier, she was a member of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) policy team. She holds an M.S. in neuroscience from the University of California San Francisco and has worked in journalism and prisoner rehabilitation. She also served as a volunteer adviser to the San Quentin News, a monthly newspaper produced by … [Read more...]

No More Jails and No More Cops in LA!

The county budgeting process is under way! Los Angeles Board of Supervisors approved the recommended budget for FY 2015-16 and will be holding a public budget hearing on Wednesday, May 13th. This hearing is critical. Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is requesting a total of $4 billion in this year’s budget. They want to add 2,000 positions to the department to increase policing on Metro, in the courts, streets, and jails. As Angelenos endure blow after blow from the violence policing … [Read more...]

Stop Adelanto Private Prison Construction

Help the City of Adelanto Lose Its Prison Industrial Fixation: Sign the Petition esidents of the cash-strapped High Desert city of Adelanto are fianlly beginning to question their political leaders' wisdom in voting to bring in two new private prisons--a 3,264-bed Corrections Corporation of America facility and a 1,050-bed Geo Group facility--in the hopes of getting LA County to contract for the use of one of them. With jail population numbers already falling due to the effects of Prop 47 and … [Read more...]

Getting a Finger on the Pulse with Emily Harris

ow that Prop 47 has passed and a new Sheriff will soon be walking the beat in Los Angeles County, we thought we'd engage Emily Harris, the statewide coordinator for Californians United for a Responsible Budget, which has been battling so hard to push California and, in particular, Los Angeles County out of its "build more cages" mentality. Working out of CURB's Oakland office, Emily brings experience working with women in prison through roles in Free Battered Women, California Coalition for … [Read more...]

Attend the Justice Reinvestment Hearing in LA

Dear Supporter,“The Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment’s goal will be real data-based, long-term solutions that will help us stop spending excessive money on prisons and allow us to focus more on investments that grow our economy and provide opportunity.” Speaker Pérez said. Attend the next hearing in Los Angeles Hearing on Friday, February 28th. Bring your stories and experiences; this is a rare chance for Committee members to hear from people who are not law enforcement or … [Read more...]

LA Citizens Groups Voice Opposition to “More Cages” Approach

n the heels of a scathing report card that gave failing grades to both Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties for their handling of the state’s prison realignment program, an advocacy group and concerned residents caravaned to Sacramento Wednesday to voice opposition to the counties seeking grant money to build what the group calls “cages for our children.” “The L.A. sheriff’s department has built the biggest jail system in the country and has shown itself to be incapable of running it,” … [Read more...]

Pelican Bay Prisoners Suspend Historic Hunger Strike After 59 Days

After 59 days on hunger strike, prisoners at Pelican Bay have suspended their peaceful protest. Representatives of the Short CorridorCollective at Pelican Bay State Prison’s Security Housing Unit issued a statement this morning: In response to much sincere urging of loved ones, supporters, our attorneys and current and former state legislators, Tom Ammiano, Loni Hancock, and Tom Hayden, for whom we have the upmost respect, we decided to suspend our hunger strike. Read the complete Statement … [Read more...]