For nearly 15 years Critical Resistance has been fighting against new prison and jail construction. Today, counties across the Bay Area are facing plans for new jails. Although polls show that Californians don’t want their tax dollars spent on prison and jail construction and the projects will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, sheriffs from Santa Cruz to Contra Costa are considering them.
These projects not only run the risk of putting our counties in fiscal jeopardy, they also undercut the resources available for the life-affirming programs and services that can get people out of jails and keep them out. Jails primarily target poor Black and brown communities and more than 70% of people in county jails in the Bay are there pre-trial, because they can’t afford to pay their bail or bond.
Come to the Bay Area Skillshare to Fight Jails: “Bring Our Loved Ones Home”