A.G. and Governor pressured to choose Human Rights over Politics as Usual

Statewide Alliance urges CA Accept Prison Reduction Order
Contact Information: 
  • Los Angeles  Lisa Adler 917.400.7964
  • Sacramento Helia Rasti 510.459.6042
  • Oakland Manuel LaFontaine 415. 637.8195

 

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A.G. and Governor pressured to choose Human Rights over Politics as Usual

Statewide Alliance urges CA Accept Prison Reduction Order 

On Thursday, August 27, at 10:00 a.m., representatives from Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), along with dozens of other organizations, will hold press conferences and then will personally deliver a letter to the Attorney General's offices in Sacramento, Oakland, and Los Angeles.  The letter urges the state not to appeal a Federal three judge panel decision, ordering California to come up with a plan by September 18th to reduce the number of prisoners by 44,000 and address horrific prison conditions. The State has until September 3rd to file a notice of appeal.

"Given the State Assembly's bi-partisan stalemate to put reason over politics, humanity over ambition, we absolutely must rely on the August 4th ruling to ensure the human rights of those locked away are not systemically denied," urges Geri Silva of Families to Amend California's Three Strikes (FACTS). "The billions saved should go into real public safety: education, healthcare, employment, and job training."

"The court's conclusion, that overcrowding is the primary reason for unconstitutional care is supported by extensive expert testimony.  An appeal will only delay the inevitable, which is for this state to adopt more effective and less expensive ways to enhance public safety," states Carol Strickman, staff attorney with Legal Services for Prisoners with Children. 

CURB points to a nationwide study by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, which found that early release programs do not jeopardize public safety.  CURB calls for alternatives to imprisonment that include investing in community resources to support people transitioning from being imprisoned to returning to their families and communities. 

"If we're concerned about California's future, then why are we dragging our feet to implement the prison population cap, while cutting billions from public education, public assistance, and healthcare programs?  Releasing elderly and infirm prisoners is a step in the right direction, but cutting $9 billion dollars from public education is an outrage," says Bob Lane of Critical Resistance.  "We need to all get behind cancelling new prison construction, and invest our money in programs and services that truly build safe communities."