Jobs Not Jails for Alameda County
Our 50% for Jobs Not Jails, Books Not Bars, and Healthcare Not Handcuffs campaign urges the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to set aside half of the county's public safety realignment budget for community-based reentry programs and services that help people coming out of jail rebuild their lives.
The "realignment" of people convicted of lower-level offenses from California prisons to 58 counties is a once-in-a-century opportunity that Alameda County should not waste. Since realignment in 2011, Alameda County has received more than $30 million from the state each year.
In the past, the Board of Supervisors have allocated more than half of the funding towards incarceration and correctional purposes. We need to change our priorities and fund programs that help people coming out of jail find housing, employment, and education, or California's prison overcrowding could soon be replicated throughout our counties.
Read our policy memo with our recommendation for how the county should spend its public safety funds.
Read about our major Jobs Not Jails victory on March 24th, and stay tuned for updates on what's next. Contact our Local Organizer Darris Young for more information: (510) 285-8242, firstname.lastname@example.org