NOTE: Since this video was produced Brown’s plan was clarified to cost about $1 billion over three years for more prison space. That’s instead of diverting more nonviolent people out of the prison system. The California State Assembly has a chance to stop this plan, but legislative leaders aren’t saying if they will. Let’s make sure the legislature hears our voices. This video was produced by Beyond Bars (a project of Brave New Foundation) in partnership with the California Partnership, Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), Critical Resistance, SJRA Advocate, Friends Committee on Legislation of California, Courage Campaign, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and California Coalition for Women Prisoners.
This is the worst possible scenario not just for prison reform in California – but for our schools, our roads, our hospitals, and our social services. We absolutely cannot let this happen.
The only way to beat this is to get way out in front of it – if we do our job right, the proposal will never even see the light of day. So please tell your assemblymember and state senator now to pledge to vote against any new money for prison expansion, period.
Help Keep the Pressure On By Making A Few Calls to Assembly Democrats:
“Hello my name is _________ and I am calling to let you know that I am disgusted by Governor Brown’s plan to spend billions of dollars to expand our prison capacity. I believe the only sustainable solution to reducing overcrowding is to reduce the number of people who are imprisoned in California. I hope that instead of dipping into the state budget reserve to finance additional prison beds that you will look at more cost effective methods of releasing people from our overcrowded prisons. There is overwhelming support for your administration to release people from our overcrowded prisons immediately and we need your leadership today!”
Assemblywomen Nancy Skinner:
Assemblywomen Toni Atkins
Assemblymember Anthony Rendon
Assemblymember Roger Dickinson
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Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer
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