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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Yesterday, the Contra Costa County Probation Department agreed to end its use of solitary confinement for all youth detained in Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall. Advocates hope that this groundbreaking victory for youth and their families will create momentum for the passage of Senate Bill 124, legislation introduced earlier this year by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) that would limit and regulate the use of solitary confinement in juvenile facilities throughout California.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

(Los Angeles)  – The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (EBC) is partnering with the ACLU of California to support their launch today of Mobile Justice CA, a free smart phone app allowing Californians to automatically record and submit cell phone videos to their ACLU affiliate when they feel law enforcement officers are violating civil rights.

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Oakland North
Thursday, March 26, 2015

For several months, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights has urged the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to allocate 50 percent of their public safety funds to community organizations that assist people who have recently been released from incarceration.Their effort paid off Tuesday, when the board passed a motion requesting of the allocation of 50 percent of its 2015-16 public safety budget towards re-entry programs and services.

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East Bay Express
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted today to reduce funding for jail cells and increase investments in social services and community-based organizations.

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San Jose Mercury News
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Today, on Tuesday, March 24th, the Ella Baker Center won a major victory in our campaign for Jobs Not Jails in Alameda County. 

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East Bay Express
Monday, March 23, 2015

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.

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Sacramento Bee
Sunday, March 22, 2015

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. 

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Oakland Tribune
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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. 

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Oakland Post
Monday, March 16, 2015

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.

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