On Wednesday, May 11, 2022, dozens of Californians rallied outside the CA State Capitol Building for the Governor’s revised state budget to demand more closures to California’s prisons.
The original 2022-23 proposed budget released in January contained many positive investments but also allocated $18.6 billion to corrections and included no plans to close more prisons in California, despite historically low, downward trending prison populations. Even though Governor Newsom’s office pledged prior to 2022 to close two prisons – Duel Vocational Institution (DVI) in Tracy, CA, and CA Correctional Center (CCC) in Susanville – the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) continues to have no plan for prison closure.
After Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) rallied outside the State Capitol steps calling for Newsom to pledge to close more prisons and implement the People’s Plan for Prison Closure on May 11, Newsom mentioned in the revised budget the possibility of CA closing three additional prisons by 2023-2024.
Watch videos from the press conference below, and learn more about the campaign here.
Thank you Black Zebra Productions for the footage!