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Increases in Prison and Jail Spending in Governor's Revised Budget Opposed in Santa Cruz
by Alex Darocy
Residents and representatives of community organizations in Santa Cruz rallied outside of the court house on May 14 to voice their strong opposition to the Governor's May revise budget, which calls for an increase in spending for jail and prison expansion. According to Californians United for A Responsible Budget (CURB), spending on corrections in the state will rise 2.9%, and total spending on prisons will top $12 billion if the budget revision is adopted. Similar rallies were also held in San Francisco, Bakersfield, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and San Diego. [Top video: Courtney Hanson of Sin Barras, Tash Nguyen of Sin Barras, former inmate Frank Alvarado, Simba Kenyatta of the NAACP, and Willow of Sin Barras speak.]
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