Senate Bill 180, the Repeal Ineffective Sentencing Enhancement Act, passed out of the California State Assembly —now the bill heads to the Governor's desk for a signature in order to become law. Congratulations! Because of people power and your commitment we successfully passed the biggest sentencing reform in the history of the California State Legislature, with a 41 to 33 vote.

Authored by Senator Holly Mitchell, this bill would reduce racial disparities in the criminal justice system, restore balance in the judicial process, and free up funds to be invested in communities.

Watch this special message from our Executive Director Zachary Norris as he reflects on the victory.

Thank you for organizing with us, for making calls, sending letters, lobbying, and sharing stories. We know that drug war policies and extreme sentencing have destabilized our communities for far too long, and now our legislators have joined us in taking action to begin to undo this damage.

Take a quick minute to email Governor Brown and encourage him to sign the RISE act (SB 180 by Senator Mitchell):

My name is _____, and I live in ____, California. I am writing to let you know that I support Senate Bill 180 by Senator Mitchell, related to drug sentences. California wastes too much money by locking people up for very long periods of time, when it should be investing in services we need in our communities, like schools, dropout prevention programs, job training, housing, and employment. My family and I want to stop wasting lives and money on jails and prisons. We want services in our communities that really make us safer. I respectfully ask for your signature on this important legislation.


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The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is proud to be co-sponsoring the RISE act with ACLU of California, California Public Defenders Association, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Drug Policy Alliance, the Friends Committee on Legislation California, and Legal Services for Prisoners with Children