Archive for October, 2016

YES on Prop 57: People not Prisons!

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

In just three weeks, Californians will have the opportunity to change the state’s criminal injustice system and reduce the deeply destructive impact that our enormous and expensive prisons have on more than 1110,000 people, our families and our communities.

On Election Day, November 8th, vote YES on Proposition 57 to both protect California youth from harmful transfers to adult court and to help people in prison return to their families and communities.

Over the past thirty years, California has built 21 new prisons, and the state’s prison population has grown from 26,000 in 1980, to nearly 175,000 in 2010. By implementing three significant changes to the way California addresses prison sentences and juvenile court transfers, Prop 57 will help us shift away from the trauma and dehumanization of long sentences and hyper-criminalization, and towards rehabilitation and release.

Proposition 57 will protect our young people by ending the power of prosecutors to “direct file” youth as young as 14 into adult court without a hearing before a juvenile court judge, repealing the current, predatory system in which prosecutors have unilateral authority to transfer youth cases into adult court. Prop 57 will also make transfer hearings more fair by presuming that …