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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As Urgent Need Grows, California’s Largest Crime Victims Organization Calls on Cities and Counties to Use Federal American Rescue Plan Dollars for Direct Cash Assistance to Victims of ViolenceCrime Survivors for Safety and Justice Announces “We Are Survivors” Campaign That Will Provide $100,000 Directly to Victims, Demands Local Leaders Match Investment FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 14, 2021 CONTACT: Californians for Safety and Justice; [email protected] OAKLAND, Calif. –... Read More
Californians for Safety and Justice Lauds Unprecedented Investment in Proven Crime Prevention Strategies in Budget AgreementMore Than $500 Million Dedicated to Preventing Harm and Violence from Occurring in First Place, Meeting Needs of Victims FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 13, 2021 CONTACT: Californians for Safety and Justice; [email protected] SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Californians for Safety and Justice, the state’s leading criminal... Read More
Assembly Public Safety Committee Approves Two Groundbreaking Bills That Would Increase SafetySenate Bills 299 and 731 Would Eliminate Barriers to Services for Victims, Boost Economic Opportunity by Sealing Many Old Conviction Records FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 29, 2021 Contact: Will Matthews, Californians for Safety and Justice, (909) 261-1398; [email protected] SACRAMENTO,... Read More
How Proposition 47 Has Impacted California
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.