Sign the Petition to

California Governor Jerry Brown and California Assembly

Governor Brown, our budget reserve should be used for restorations to much needed social safety net programs, not more prison cells. California needs to invest in ways that lift people up, not lock them down. 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 reducing our prison population.
We cannot afford hundred of millions of dollars going into the already bloated prison budget. The only sustainable solution to reduce overcrowding is to reduce the number of people who are imprisoned in California. We want the implementation of compassionate release, medical parole, geriatric parole, lifer parole, youth sentence reduction, expansion of good-time credits, reclassification of low-level felonies, and expansion of the Alternative Custody Program; all of which are among many cost-efficient, responsible options for reducing the prison population.
We are calling on you, Governor Brown to invest in California's future, and not put one more dollar into the bloated corrections budget.

Signed,

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

This petition closed about 1 year ago

How this will help

Earlier this year, Governor Brown decided that instead of restoring much needed funding to California's education and safety net programs, he'd put a billion dollars in reserve for a rainy day.

Now,...

Earlier this year, Governor Brown decided that instead of restoring much needed funding to California's education and safety net programs, he'd put a billion dollars in reserve for a rainy day.

Now, he has release a plan to pump over a billion dollars over the next three years into the prison system. We simply can't let this happen -- it will devastate our communities as it further drains them of resources.

Join us in sending a message to your California State Senator and Assemblymember to vote NO on any prison expansion.

Ella Baker Center is working to stop the expansion with Californians United for a Responsible Budget and other organizations.

UPCOMING RALLY:
Can you join Ella Baker Center at an emergency rally on the steps of the capitol in Sacramento next Tuesday, August 26th? Hope you can make it!

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