Bay Area Regional Statement Against Jail Expansion

Bay Area Regional Statement Against Jail Expansion

As organizations in commitment to the safety and wellbeing of our communities, we stand united across Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties IN OPPOSITION TO ANY MORE SPENDING ON JAIL EXPANSION AND RENOVATION in any of our three counties and across California.Our opposition includes the pending proposals to the Board of State and Community Corrections from Contra Costa and San Francisco counties as well as the ongoing efforts in Alameda county to expand Santa Rita through BSCC funding. We reject jail expansion. We also call for an end to all leasing of jail beds to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the leasing of jail capacity to other counties.

We support reducing the overcrowding in jails through increased pre-arrest and pre-trial diversion, the decriminalization of our communities, ceasing cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and bail reform.

We support increasing mental health services in our communities, not caging people who are suffering. Jails have been proven to deteriorate mental health — even when they claim to treat it — and we demand that funding from the BSCC and the counties be invested in life-affirming ways by supporting affordable housing, education, and health care.

In commitment to all Bay Area communities we will not be pitted against one another. We stand together against state and county funding being wasted on jailing our loved ones and fellow community members, who are disproportionately immigrants, transgender people, people of color, and people with mental health needs.

Together we demand services, not cells; care, not cages; and more justice, not more jails.

Signatories as of May 18, 2017

Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC)
Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
Berrett-Koehler Foundation
California Coalition for Women Prisoners
Center for Political Education
Coalition on Homelessness
Community Resource Initiative
Contra costa County racial justice coalition
Creatrix Doula Care
Critical Resistance Oakland
Decarcerate Alameda County
Earthly Sites
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Former San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos
GABRIELA San Francisco
Gray Panthers of San Francisco
Healthcare for All Contra Costa County
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Interfaith4BlackLives
Jewish Voice for Peace – Bay Area
Kapor Center for Social Impact
Mujeres Unidas y Activas
Nancy Nadel, retired Oakland City Councilmember
Oakland Peace Center
Oakland Rising
Omni Commons
OneLife Institute
Pangea Legal Services
Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor
Rev. Diane Weible, Conference Minister of the Northern California Nevada Conference UCC
Richmond City Councilmember Gayle McLaughlin
Richmond City Councilmember Jael Myrick
Richmond City Councilmember Melvin Lee Willis Jr.
Richmond Progressive Alliance
Root & Rebound
SEIU 1021
Workers World