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Alameda County will approximately double the money it spends on programs helping people coming out of jail and prison under a plan approved by supervisors Tuesday.> more
Today, on Tuesday, March 24th, the Ella Baker Center won a major victory in our campaign for Jobs Not Jails in Alameda County.> more
After significant debate, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors will vote this week on a new public safety budget proposal — and activists say that newly released jail population statistics further demonstrate the need to shift the funding toward critical services and away from incarceration. The data shows notable declines in the number of people in county jail.> more
Zachary Norris argues against undermining the will of California voters by trying to dismantle Proposition 47, a smart policy that will improve public safety and move us towards ending the punishment economy.> more
Oakland Tribune columnist Tammerlin Drummond argues that Alameda County needs to be more transparent about how it is spending its public safety realignment funding, and questions why the sheriff is still set to get $18 million of the funding when there are fewer inmates under supervision.> more
Alameda County and other California counties have begun receiving millions of dollars a year to partially offset the state decision to save money by shifting many inmates from state prisons to local jails.
The Urban Strategies Council and a number of other organizations, including the Ella Baker Center through its Jobs Not Jails campaign, are challenging how funds are divvied up saying not enough public safety funds in Alameda County go to support individuals reentering society from prison.> more
After months of rallying the community in the Jobs Not Jails campaign, organizers with the Ella Baker Center in Oakland and nearly 100 community members peacefully disrupted the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, March 3.> more
OAKLAND, Calif. - Tired of waiting after months of discussions with the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, advocates of greater county spending to help formerly incarcerated people staged a peaceful disruption of the supervisors' Mar. 3 meeting to press their demands.> more
Senate Bill 124, introduced this spring by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), seeks to define and limit solitary confinement at state and county juvenile facilities in California, in keeping with efforts in several other states to curb its overuse and abuse.
Co-sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund—California along with Youth Justice Coalition, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and the California Public Defenders Association, SB124 aims to reform current use of solitary confinement.> more