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Get Our Money Out of Prisons!

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Get Our Money Out of Prisons!

Tell California Legislators that Simple Sentencing Reform Would Save the State $450 Million!

Please join the ACLU, the Drug Policy Alliance and the Ella Baker Center in Sacramento on Monday, March 21, to demand that the State Legislature cut prison spending to protect important health and human services, including drug treatment, and education programs from further devastating budget cuts.

Rally at the State Capitol:
Monday, March 21

South Steps, California State Capitol, Sacramento

Free Lunch Provided

Spending for big prisons is eating the budget for everything else. California taxpayers spend more than $450 million every year to lock up non‐violent offenders whose only crime was possession of a small amount of illegal drugs. It’s time to change our priorities. At a time when our state budget is in crisis, with drastic cuts to health care and education hurting children, it’s wrong to spend billions of dollars locking people up for low level non‐violent drug offenses. And the cost to our state doesn’t stop there. If we instead handle these offenders at the local level, we can hold them accountable to the community and save hundreds of millions of dollars, money we can invest in schools for kids, healthcare, social services for seniors and people with disabilities, and local police and firefighting services.

Questions? Attending? Let us know!

Contact: Lindsay Waggerman (415) 621‐2493 ext. 388