This Thursday, the Board of State & Community Corrections will grant Santa Cruz County $25 million to expand and reopen unused facilities at Rountree Detention Center.
Santa Cruz has been forward thinking during California’s public safety realignment by prioritizing community-based programs and supportive re-entry services. This expansion would be a significant step backwards.
The Sheriff and elected officials need to focus on sentencing reform, increased use of pre-trial alternatives, and treatment -- before incarceration!
Join us for a rally & press conference as we stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers across the state.
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This December, caravans of people drove hundreds of miles to Sacramento to demand that BSCC stop all jail construction in California.
People representing their counties talked about the need for community solutions, youth programs, and educational opportunities, telling personal stories of incarceration that they & their loved ones have endured. Our collective message was clear: no more jails!
But, the board recommended full funding to 12 counties and partial funding to 3. This coming Thursday the board is coming to Los Angeles to make the final decisions on what counties receive jail construction funding. To top it off, the Governor’s new budget proposes $500 million additional funding for jail construction.