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Alameda County Supervisors Vote to Boost Funds for Post-Incarceration Services

Oakland North
by Alsanosi Adam
Mar 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.

Alameda County To Reduce Jail Funding, Prioritize Social Services

East Bay Express
by Sam Levin
Mar 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.

Alameda County agrees to allocate more realignment funds to community-based organizations

San Jose Mercury News
by Malaika Fraley
Mar 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.

Alameda County Jail Population Drops, Supervisors Consider Reducing Sheriff's Budget

East Bay Express
by Sam Levin
Mar 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.

A Push for Alameda County to Fund Re-entry Programs

Oakland Post
by Ashley Chambers
Mar 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.

Protesters Disrupt Board of Supervisors Meeting, Demanding Services for Formerly Incarcerated

Oakland Post
by Ashley Chambers
Mar 05, 2015

 

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.

Activists conduct peaceful disobedience to aid formerly incarcerated

People's World
by Marilyn Bechtel
Mar 05, 2015

 

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.

The Crime of Punishment

The Chronicle of Social Change
by Kristin Herbert
Mar 04, 2015

 

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.

Activists shut down Alameda County supervisors meeting over realignment spending

San Jose Mercury News
by Malaika Fraley
Mar 03, 2015

 

Activists calling for increased public safety monies for community-based programs serving the formerly incarcerated on Tuesday shut down an Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting, where Supervisor Keith Carson in response announced a proposal that would double the amount spent on such programs in fiscal year 2015-2016.

Discontinuing Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities

The Chronicle of Social Change
by Erica Webster
Mar 03, 2015

 

A new California bill (SB 124) introduced by California Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) in January 2015, and co-sponsored by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, seeks to forbid the use of solitary confinement as punishment in juvenile facilities. 

 

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