A pesar de los aumentos sustanciales en los gastos de justicia penal durante las últimas tres décadas, la mayoría de los sobrevivientes de crimen no reciben apoyo para recuperarse de los daños. El gasto estatal en servicios a las víctimas representa aproximadamente el 1 por ciento de lo que el estado gasta en el sistema penitenciario. En otras palabras, California gasta casi 80 veces más en prisiones que en servicios para víctimas de crimen.
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Gov. Gavin Newsom Signs Bill Expanding Access to Bereavement LeaveAB 1949 allows workers to take unpaid bereavement leave when a close family member dies SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday signed AB 1949, guaranteeing that most workers across California can take at least five days of... Read More
Gov. Newsom Signs Bill Reducing Barriers to Employment and Stability for People Living with an Old Conviction RecordAB 1924 will improve economic opportunity for Californians living with an old conviction record by streamlining the process for applying for a Certificate of Rehabilitation SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday signed into law a bill streamlining... Read More
Gov. Gavin Newsom Signs Fresh Start Act Eliminating Barriers to Expunging Old Conviction RecordsSB 1106 ensures expungement petitions can’t be denied simply due to outstanding restitution debt SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday signed SB 1106, the Fresh Start Act, that will help people clear past criminal records by ensuring... Read More
The Most Harmed, the Least Helped – Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice
Despite substantial increases in criminal justice expenditures over the past three decades, the majority of crime survivors do not receive support to help them recover from harm. State spending on victim services represents about 1 percent of what the state spends on the prison system. In other words, California spends nearly 80 times more on prisons than on services for crime victims.
The estimates in Getting Back to Work: Revamping the Economy by Removing Past Records show that at a minimum, California loses $20 billion from the state economy as a result of policies that disenfranchise potential workers with past conviction records. But this is just the tip of the iceberg — these statistics leave out many of the ways old records limit individuals’ employment, and California’s economic potential.
California is at a crossroads. In the midst of an unprecedented public health crisis, looming massive deficits, and new calls for lawmakers to design a more racially equitable justice system. Prison spending is expected to hit an all-time high of $13 billion this year. Now more than ever, policymakers must take bold steps to reverse the decades-old trend of over- incarceration.