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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New Public Education Campaign Asks: What Makes You Feel Safe?Californians for Safety and Justice Campaign Counters Recent Rise in Tough-on-Crime Rhetoric That Threatens to Return California to Failed Approaches of the Past OAKLAND, Calif. – Californians for Safety and Justice, the state’s leading public safety advocacy organization, announced... Read More
Californians for Safety and Justice Says Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Budget Affirms Commitment to Addressing Rising Crime Rates Through Sustained Investments in Re-Entry and Victim Support ServicesProposed 2023 Budget Contains Tens of Millions to Expand Community Re-Entry Programs, Services to Support Healing for Victims and Community Violence Intervention Programs; Prop. 47 Continues to Save More Than $100 million Annually SACRAMENTO – Californians for Safety and Justice,... Read More
SB 731 Went Into Effect Jan. 1, Extending to Over One Million Californians the Chance to Seal Old Conviction RecordsSTOCKTON, Calif. – A group of California residents on Tuesday became the first in state history to file petitions to have their criminal records permanently sealed under a groundbreaking new law that went into effect Jan. 1. Full clip... 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.
Funding for local programs has made California safer, helped crime survivors heal, but larger investments are needed.
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.
Helping Immigrant Clients with Post-Conviction Legal Options: A Guide for Legal Service Providers, released in partnership with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, lays out dozens of strategies attorneys can follow to provide immigration relief to their clients.
A statewide survey of California victims’ views on safety and justice. 8 out of 10 California survivors of crime support using 10% of the state’s $12 billion prisons budget to fund mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, and trauma recovery services.
Californians with convictions face over 4,800 laws that impose harmful collateral consequences long after successful completion of a sentence, most of which have no foundation in public safety and serve no purpose other than to make it harder for people to rebuild their lives.
California leaders must continue to right-size the state’s incarceration rate. With reduced prison spending, the state would have increased capacity to invest in new safety solutions that more effectively support people vulnerable to crime and prevent crime from happening in the first place.
📢 More than 30 thousand people exit the CA justice system every year.
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📢 80% of victims receive help from family, friends, or health care in the aftermath of experiencing harm.
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