Curb Prison Spending

Maintained by Bernard Davis

Curb Prison Spending1904 Franklin Street, Suite 504
Oakland , CA 94612

California is:

#1 in Prison Spending

#48 in Education Spending

73 percent recidivism rate

Very little rehabilitation programming

Small time criminals – get Advanced training in Prison – Paroled in 2 years with a Bachelors in Criminal Technology

United States builds Prisons to pack convicts in together like Sardines.

Working is prohibited by Law, “Sorry we can’t hire felons”

Many Victims suffer the rest of their lives



We support a New Law that Reforms Prisons from the ground up to reverse all of the

Performance measures above.

Prisons will pay for themselves

Education will get all of the Tax funds that used to go to Prisons

Recidivism Rates will drop to Zero, because every parolee will be will trained in a rewarding career.

100% of Prison life will be Career Oriented (Rehabilitation will be ongoing for life, AA model)

Prisoners will not interact with one another – Period. Sleeping, dining, exercise, work areas will designed for single inmates only.  Unlimited access will be provided to Working Professionals who are interacting with prisons for career, education, counseling, etc.

All New Prison building/ remodeling will accommodate isolation from fellow criminals, to improve productivity & social environment.

Working to be required by Law.  State is required to provide work, career training, lifelong placement professional support, education.

40% of Inmates earnings go to Room & Board, 40% to Victims & Families restorative justice, 20% of inmates earnings to IRA account.

Last year, the California Legislature and Governor passed the largest prison

expansion in history: almost $12 billion in principal and interest over the

program's life. And that doesn't include operating expenses for the new prisons,

which will exceed $1 billion every year. These billions come straight out of

schools, health care, higher education, and other state services. The Sacramento

Bee summed up the situation: "Prisons are sucking the life out of higher

education in this state."


Applauds Overcrowding Decision, Calls On State to Cancel AB 900


the Budget


Proposed Reductions in Prison Population to Save California Billions


File Lawsuit to Prevent Prison Construction & Release Expert Report Exposing

True Cost of AB 900


open prisons and close schools?






New Shadow Commission Will Form to Urge State to CURB

prison use


Sacramento, CA: Responding to the Governor's budget

directive to create a commission to close California prisons, a coalition of

California groups, Californians United for A Responsible Budget (CURB), will be

naming a “shadow commission” to highlight issues not raised by the CDC-led

group, including the impact of prisons on families, the conditions of

institutions, and how the state could close at least three prisons and cancel

the opening of Delano II.



“If the Governor was sincere in his desire to ‘blow up

boxes,' rather than simply ‘move them around', then he needs to hear from

people that have been in those prisons, their families, and people who have

studied what the state needs to do to build safe communities,” says CURB

spokesperson Rose Braz.


“Instead of hearing from Californians, who have said in

poll after poll they want cuts to prisons, the governor will be hearing from

those who built up the very system they are now charged with reducing,”

continued Braz.


Through minor parole reforms and increased access to

educational programs passed by the legislature last year, the CDC projects the

state's prison population will decline by 15,000 by mid-year 2005. Since the

average California prison holds 4,750 people, at least three prisons could be

closed given the expected decline in the prison population, and Delano II's

scheduled opening could be canceled. If other small reforms were enacted, such

as those suggested by a recent Little Hoover Commission report on parole, the

state could save hundreds of millions of dollars more, reduce the prison

population further, and close additional prisons.


The Governor's budget recognizes, “While population

reductions provide substantial savings on the margin, entire institution

closures nearly double the potential savings.” The average California prison

costs $98 million to operate each year.


“We are encouraged by the Governor's willingness to study

prison closures, but if he truly wants ‘action, action, action,' he is going

to have to hear from more than the people who built and are invested in this

$5.3 billion prison system,' says Sitara Nieves of CURB.



Thursday, January 8, 2009 Mary Sutton 310.709.8602

Bill to propel $12 billion prison construction

project sent to Governor with budget package

While Governor and legislature propose massive cuts to

education and 2,000 public

works projects are on hold, prison expansion is pushed


While the Governor and the legislature propose massive cuts

to education, delays or

cancellation of 2,000 public works projects including voter

approved projects to retrofit

schools—among the budget bills sent to the Governor was a

bill to fix problems with

AB900, the largest prison construction plan in history.

“The Governor and our legislature were supposed to be

reducing California’s budget

deficit. Instead, the legislature passed ABX1-10 -- clean

up language necessary to

implement 2007’s massive prison construction plan,”

says Debbie Reyes of the

California Prison Moratorium Project, members of the

statewide coalition,

Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB).

AB900 was passed in the early hours of the morning on April

26, 2007 without voter

approval and with no public hearings. “As we cancel or

delay voter approved projects to

retrofit schools, the legislature is moving forward with

$12 billion worth of new prison

and jail beds -- without voter approval and without money

to build or operate those new

beds,” says Geri Silva of CURB member Families to Amend

California’s Three


Using lease revenue bonds, AB900 would add up to 53,000 new

prison and jail beds and

at least $1.6 billion per year in operating costs to

California’s $10 billion prison budget.

The cost to taxpayers for construction and debt service on

the high yield bonds is

projected to reach $12 billion. Though the bill suggests

that there will be rehabilitation

programs created in conjunction with the new prison beds,

AB900 does not include

money for staff, general operating let alone new programs.

Late last year, the Pooled Money Investment Board put 2,000

public works projects on

hold because the state’s fiscal disaster makes it

impossible to sell bonds. California's

credit rating is now the lowest in the nation. “If we are

choosing among public works

projects, a positive vision for California’s future and

children dictates that we preserve

funding for schools and cancel projects for more prison

beds,” says Manuel La Fontaine

II of All of Us or None, also members of CURB.

“So far, no AB900 beds have been built. No bonds have

been sold. And we face an

historic budget crisis. These facts, along with the

Governor’s veto of the budget bills,

gives the legislature yet another chance to do the right

thing,” says Mary Sutton of

Critical Resistance Los Angeles, members of CURB. “We

must reduce our reliance on

prisons by refusing to pass clean up language for AB900 and

canceling the project


Initial AB900 projects have faced organized opposition from

communities across the

state. The residents of the rural town of Madison in Yolo

Country filed a lawsuit stating

the County supervisors violated state and local laws when

they voted for the 15 acre

construction project ignoring the environmental impacts.

“The proposed Madison site is

in a FEMA-designated high-risk flood zone and an

agricultural preserve. It also has a

complete lack of water, sewer, electrical and gas

infrastructure,” says Robyn Rominger of

Save Rural Yolo County.

To address New York’s budget crisis, their Governor is

proposing closing four prisons.

And, the federal court currently hearing the case on prison

overcrowding is poised to

order a reduction in the number of people in prison in


Expanding prison capacity will also impact any attempts to

reduce the number of people

in prison. “We appreciate that the legislature did pass

some changes to parole and

corrections policies that should reduce the number of

people in California’s prisons, but

cancelling new prison construction needs to be among those

changes,” says Carol

Strickman of CURB member Legal Services for Prisoners with

Children. “History

teaches us if you build more beds, you fill those beds.”

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Legislation SupportedCSN
H.AMDT.216 to H.R.2847 An amendment numbered 25 printed in the Congressional Record to decrease appropriations for the Federal Prison system by $97,400,000.

Dear Congressman Mike Thompson, It's time to start spending more on education than on prisons. Please become a co-sponsor of this Legislation. (Edited added by admin)

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