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Santa Cruz Residents Urge County to Reject State Grant Awarded for Jail Expansion
by Alex Darocy
Community members in Santa Cruz gathered at the Town Clock on January 16 to tell the county Board of Supervisors to "invest in communities, not cages" and to reject the large grant awarded by the state for jail expansion, whether it be for program space or new beds. The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) has officially recommended the distribution of jail construction funds to 15 counties, including Santa Cruz. $500 million in total is to be distributed, with $25 million going to Santa Cruz, according to Sin Barras, the group that organized the rally and has been leading the campaign to fight jail expansion locally. [Video: Courtney Hanson, Willow, and Tash Nguyen from Sin Barras speak at the Town Clock]
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