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.
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Californians for Safety and Justice Calls Decision by Gov. Gavin Newsom to Release Thousands of People in Response to Outbreak of COVID-19 in State Prisons A Step in Right DirectionSafely Reducing Overcrowding in State Prison System a Public Health Imperative as Number of Cases, Deaths Continue to Rise, But More Action Needed FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 10, 2020 CONTACT:Will Matthews, Californians for Safety and Justice, (909) 261-1398; email@example.com OAKLAND,... Read More
Survivors of Crime Celebrate Introduction of Groundbreaking Bill Eliminating Barriers to State Support for Victims of Police BrutalityAB 767 Would Be First Bill in Nation to Eliminate Barriers to Victim Compensation That Lock Too Many Survivors of Color, Police Violence Victims and Others Out of Critical Support FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 7, 2020 CONTACT:Will Matthews, Californians for... Read More
As Legislature Confronts COVID Crisis in Prisons, New Report Outlines Strategies to Safely Reduce Prison Crowding with Significant Voter SupportRecent Outbreaks at San Quentin and Other Prisons Underscore Urgency to Prevent Virus Spread from Prisons and Keep Communities Safe as Report Identifies Tens of Thousands of People Who Could be Considered for Safe Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July... Read More
How Proposition 47 Has Impacted California