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Santa Cruz Doesn't Want Jail Money!

Thursday, January 16, 2014
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Event Type:
Press Conference
Sin Barras
Location Details:
The Clock Tower
Downtown Santa Cruz

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.

For more info, email sinbarras [at] or go to:

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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.
Added to the calendar on Mon, Jan 13, 2014 4:23PM

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by 100% different opinion
The re-opening of the Redtree Property will allow exactly what you're looking for: Supportive Re-entry Services.

That property would be used for low level incarceration. It would support transition from prison to street. It would allow a sentencing option other than the traditional straight time/cell.

The city and county are doing a good job of trying to bring rehabilitation options to our prisoners. Redtree would be another tool in that effort. If you think that not having it would cause more people to be not incarcerated, I think you're deluding yourself. I think it would be a good bridge that would allow a mid ground. Because if the choice is "lock them up or don't", the "don't" option isn't likely to be embraced by many.

With Redtree in effect, we have 3 choices. Straight lockup, a half way/rehab type of opportunity(Redtree) or don't lock em up.

Embrace reality. Embrace Redtree. Thinking that supporting it means more people will walk free is a fallacy.
by Hal Chase
That would be Rountree Detention Center. Redtree Properties is what became of the old Santa Cruz Lumber Company after they sold their retail operation to San Lorenzo Lumber.
by for the pettiest of crimes
the feds ruling that our prisons are overcrowded makes it more difficult for the authorities to jail people for petty crimes. is justice served by jailing gary johnson for 2 years for sleeping on 3 nights during a protes
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