Winning #JobsNotJails in Alameda County
On Tuesday, March 24th, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted to pass a Jobs Not Jails budget that allocates half of the public safety realignment funding towards community-based reentry programs and services, instead of continuing to give the majority of the funding to the sheriff.
We have campaigned alongside faith leaders, community members, and grassroots leaders for the past six months for a budget that prioritizes job training, education, housing, and healthcare to help people coming out of jail rebuild their lives. We are proud to say that our collective efforts with allies like the First Unitarian Church of Oakland and the Alameda County Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform resulted in the passage of Supervisor Keith Carson's budget proposal for 2015-16.
We look forward to working with Alameda County officials to ensure that this Jobs Not Jails budget is fully implemented and funding is awarded to the community organizations that need it the most.
Read more about our victory here and check out the press coverage in the San Jose Mercury News, the East Bay Express, the Oakland Tribune, and the Oakland Post. Be sure not to miss KTVU's coverage of the campaign and our win.
Reinvesting in Reentry
We are sponsoring AB 926 (Jones-Sawyer), a bill that helps people reduce their parole terms by complying with the terms of their supervision. Savings from the reduced parole supervision would support employment and housing for people coming out of prison in order to reduce recidivism.
Making the transition from life behind bars to life back in the community can be a difficult and isolating experience. By reinvesting our resources in reentry services, we can help formerly incarcerated people get back on their feet, reduce prison spending, and make our communities safer.
Additionally, we are co-sponsoring AB 296 (Jones-Sawyer), a bill that will prohibit housing discrimination against people with criminal records. We are also co-sponsoring AB 512 (Stone), legislation that would increase credits for state prisoners participating in rehabilitation programs, which can reduce their prison terms.
On April 7th, we will go before the Senate Public Safety Committee to speak in support of Senator Leno's bill to limit the solitary confinement of youth in California, and the Assembly Public Safety Committee to support AB 926.
Stay tuned for updates and ways to support these critical pieces of legislation!
Be Our New Local Campaigner!
We are looking for a Local Campaigner who would be responsible for cultivating and leading our local organizing efforts here in Alameda County.
Check out the job description and consider joining our team as we work to advance racial and economicjustice for low-income people and communities of color. You can help us win more victories in our efforts to end mass incarceration and reinvest in and rebuild our communities!
Check Out Our Recent Press Hits:
- It Would Be a Devastating Mistake to Dismantle Proposition 47
- Alameda County to Reduce Jail Funding, Prioritize Social Services
- Alameda County Agrees to Allocate More Realignment Funds to Community-Based Organizations
- More Transparency Needed with County Realignment Funds
- Alameda County Jail Population Drops, Supervisors Consider Reducing Sheriff's Budget
- Activists Shut Down Alameda County Supervisors Meeting Over Realignment Spending
- A Push for Alameda County to Fund Re-Entry Programs
- Discontinuing Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities