Keep Families Together - Reform Severe Sentence Enhancements


Enhanced sentencing laws, which automatically add years to the sentences of people with prior convictions, have wasted millions of taxpayer dollars to keep people locked up for too long instead of funding community-based services that keep our communities healthy. The Ella Baker Center is a proud co-sponsor of two bills in the #EquityandJustice package (authored by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell and Sen. Ricardo Lara) that seek major justice reforms for juveniles and adults.

The RISE Act 2018 (SB 1392) repeals the one-year sentence enhancement for prior felony convictions. The enhancement is applied consecutively — adding an additional year of incarceration for each prior prison term or qualifying county jail term.

The Fair and Just Sentencing Reform Act of 2018 (SB 1393) restores the court’s discretion, in the interest of justice, to strike a five-year sentence enhancement for each prior serious felony conviction on a person’s record, when a person is currently convicted of a serious felony.

Get Involved: Help us reform severe sentence enhancements? Do you know anyone impacted by either the one-year enhancement for prison priors or the five-year enhancement for prior serious convictions? Please reach out to Emily Harris via email at; via mail at 1970 Broadway St., Suite 1125, Oakland, CA 94612; or via phone at 510-285-8231.

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is proud to be cosponsoring SB 1392 and SB 1393 with American Civil Liberties Union of California, 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, Pillars of the Community, Tides Advocacy, The Women's Foundation of California - Women's Policy Institute, and the California Coalition for Women Prisoners