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For months, East Bay advocates have argued that Alameda County should stop heavily investing its public safety funding in jails — and instead prioritize social services and community-based programs for people reentering society after incarceration. ... As part of its " Jobs Not Jails...
The Jobs Not Jails campaign is asking that half of the $34 million a year, or $17 million, go to re-entry services. In a letter to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, the Ella Baker Center cited statistics that show that a shift in how these funds are invested could reduce recidivism and...
Chanting “jobs not jails” and “sign the pledge,” the group asked supervisors to sign a promise to support a “Jobs Not Jails” budget, which would redirect half of the county’s public safety funding in this year’s budget to community services and...
Since last summer, a coalition brought together by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights has been urging the five supervisors to increase funding for community-based programs and services to help formerly incarcerated people return successfully to the community . The Jobs Not Jails coalition has...
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. The Senate Public Safety Committee...
The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights deployed a few dozen activists to disrupt the meeting on behalf of the "Jobs Not Jails" campaign, demanding Alameda County spend half its public safety budget on programs that offer services like job training, health care, housing and education to...
But 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. The bill also prohibits putting young...
Last month, state Sen. Mark Leno introduced SB 124 , legislation that would define solitary confinement in state and county juvenile-corrections facilities and establish standards for how it’s used. The bill would forbid the use of room confinement except in instances where a juvenile “...
"I believe that there is a way to strike a balance between public interest in information while really respecting folks' rights as individuals who have not yet been convicted of anything," said Zachary Norris, executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, which seeks...
Aimed at overhauling California's failing and costly prison system — one plagued by overcrowding and high recidivism rates — AB 109 made non-violent, low-level offenders the responsibility of counties instead of the state. The realignment initiative provided counties with new...