Diana Zuñiga: From 2007-2015, the share of the general fund budget for the California Department of Corrections increased by 154% while funding for schools only decreased.
Diana Zuñiga: Given all of the shifts in leadership, in jail construction plans, in mandated jail reduction policies and in growing community pressure, is LA really committed to building new jails and high levels of incarceration?
Diana Zuniga: dvocacy groups from across Los Angeles County are saying no to the proposed $2.3 billion dollar jail plan that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor’s will consider on May 6th. Advocacy groups and service providers believe the Board of Supervisors would be making a huge mistake if they move forward on a costly jail plan.
An opportunity to network and enjoy an art exhibit, a musical performance, remarks from Mary Sutton and Margaret Prescod and a discussion on the impact of incarceration and policing on women.
Diana Zuñiga: Jerry Brown’s “plan” keeps California on the same road we’ve been down for 30 years: more money going to corrections and even more allocated to prison expansions.
Diana Zuñiga: Voters overwhelmingly believe that California’s prisons and jails are overcrowded and want more alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders.