The LA County Sheriff is attempting to move forward with a plan to build a new women’s jail in Lancaster.

Critical Resistance LA and the LA No More Jails Coalition believe that locking people up in cages does not make anyone safer, and only serves to tear communities apart. We are working to stop this jail and are demanding investment in resources that actually create strong communities. Public comment is open until March 2nd, submit comment now.

As part of building a jail, the County must provide an Environmental Impact Report, which assesses the negative impacts that the construction of the jail will have on the environment and the people. We have an opportunity to comment on this report and must take the opportunity to oppose the jail plan.

Members of CRLA and the LA No More Jails Coalition at a 2015 Mothers’ Day action against the jail.

We know that jails are terrible environmentally, worsening things like traffic pollution and the degradation of natural resources. Prisoners in this area are also highly susceptible to serious diseases like Valley Fever. Moreover we know that we cannot separate the environmental destruction from the attempted destruction of our communities in and around this area. The County must do what is best for our environment and our communities and put an end to this jail plan. We must receive as many comments as possible before March 2nd to oppose the jail proposal.

Submit public comment online today. Read more and make your voice heard that jails are terrible for our communities and terrible for our environment!

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