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Invest in People, Not
Prisons
VICTORY IN CONTRA COSTA
COUNTY
 Establishment of
“Community Advisory
Board” with voting
power on sub-
committees;
 Defea...
KEY LEARNINGS
Importance of investing in the capacity and leadership of
returning residents to transform the public narrat...
Public Narrative: stories of
redemption
“..Once I made that
mistake it seemed like
everything constructive I
have done and...
Public Narrative: Stories of
redemption
“I am currently on
parole so when I hear
people talk about this,
that and the othe...
Multi-Racial Alliance
Building
“Me and Andres we share a
name and we share a
common destiny. When my
brother Andres is hur...
Linking Mass Incarceration & Mass Deportations
 Latinos were 50.3
percent of all those who
were sentenced to
federal pris...
Provoke Public Confrontations
Alliances with Law
Enforcement
 Richmond Ceasefire-
Lifelines to Healing
movement has helped
to reduce injury
shootings a...
Power of Moral Voice
Power of Moral Voice
In this statement of the
meaning and purpose of his
public ministry, Jesus
declares that he would inv...
A New Vision for California
"This has been an extraordinary meeting, and I hope everyone realizes what a tribute to
democr...
6 Steps to Building a Movement to
End Mass Incarceration in California
1. Invest in high-profile county
strategies in Cent...
6 Steps to Building a Movement to
End Mass Incarceration in America
1. Invest in capacity of
organizations led by
formerly...
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Invest in People, Not Prisons - Campaign Overview

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Contra Costa faith and community leaders are uniting in their call for an end to mass incarceration and mass deportation. This is an overview of the Invest in People, Not Prisons campaign which helped shift over $4 million dollars in Contra Costa County away from a jail expansion and into investments in public services, job training, and housing for people coming home from prison.

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Invest in People, Not Prisons - Campaign Overview

  1. 1. Invest in People, Not Prisons
  2. 2. VICTORY IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY  Establishment of “Community Advisory Board” with voting power on sub- committees;  Defeat of proposed jail expansion;  Passage of local detainer policy to prevent incarceration and deportation of immigrants;  Approval of support for
  3. 3. KEY LEARNINGS Importance of investing in the capacity and leadership of returning residents to transform the public narrative around incarceration & criminal justice; Build real multi-racial alliances that link communities of color around mass incarceration and deportations; Forge alliances with progressive leaders within law enforcement; Organize a powerful prophetic moral voice and constituency through religious congregations; and Align county-level organizing to unleash a state and national movement.
  4. 4. Public Narrative: stories of redemption “..Once I made that mistake it seemed like everything constructive I have done and all the potential I had didn’t matter. Now I’m seen as a felon and an outcast to society, but I am more than that. I am a son, I am a big brother, I’m a college student with a 3.0, and I am hopeful and confident that people can change if given the opportunity. So everybody don’t fear me, but
  5. 5. Public Narrative: Stories of redemption “I am currently on parole so when I hear people talk about this, that and the other I've been termed the client, the consumer, how about I'm just that guy that got out of prison and now I'm trying to come home and do something right. What about the guy, a lot of people see him, he's the guy at the Richmond BART station in that grey sweatsuit with that white t-shirt carrying that paper bag…this is our brothers, our sisters, our mothers and our fathers that this is affecting. Not the client, not the
  6. 6. Multi-Racial Alliance Building “Me and Andres we share a name and we share a common destiny. When my brother Andres is hurt I suffer, when my brother Andres loses his freedom and is separated from his family I suffer. When my brother Andres finds opportunity and work I rejoice. This is how we need to live, there are to many who would try to divide us with fear, but our faith, our hope and our love are
  7. 7. Linking Mass Incarceration & Mass Deportations  Latinos were 50.3 percent of all those who were sentenced to federal prison for felony convictions although they are just 16 percent of the general population.  $5 billion annual profits to private prison corporations focused on detaining immigrants
  8. 8. Provoke Public Confrontations
  9. 9. Alliances with Law Enforcement  Richmond Ceasefire- Lifelines to Healing movement has helped to reduce injury shootings and homicides 60% over the past nine months.  Formerly incarcerated people play a critical role in the movement and have formal representation at the
  10. 10. Power of Moral Voice
  11. 11. Power of Moral Voice In this statement of the meaning and purpose of his public ministry, Jesus declares that he would invest his resources in people, not prisons, and he called this good news for the poor…a society that invests in bail reform, human services, housing, and jobs for ex- offenders makes community based solutions an obligation, and safe return and reintegration an expectation. This is good news for the people of Contra Costa County. In committing our souls and resources to investing in people, not prisons we are following the leading of the Lord, and
  12. 12. A New Vision for California "This has been an extraordinary meeting, and I hope everyone realizes what a tribute to democracy this whole process has been. I am in awe of you guys, I'm in awe of this community and the testimony you've given. And the fact that it is really coming together with such promise for developing a whole new system. The whole promise of AB109 is not to replicate the failed system of the state level, but to build a new system that will break the cycle of crime and poverty and violence and put people on another track. Everybody talks about it almost nobody has done it successfully, and it sounds to me like Contra Costa is on the road to doing it successfully. You will make history if you do that, you will be a model for other places that are struggling with these tough issues. Just thank you, every single one of you for what you've done here."
  13. 13. 6 Steps to Building a Movement to End Mass Incarceration in California 1. Invest in high-profile county strategies in Central Valley & Southern California 2. Forge strong linkage with immigrant rights movement and link to dismantling “Secure Communities” program 3. Build cohort of progressive law enforcement allies and utilize Ceasefire-Lifelines to Healing framework 4. Launch “freedom to work” campaign around state “ban the box” policy (“Would California Hire Moses?” revivals) 5. Build momentum to reform realignment to solidify community and returning resident voice
  14. 14. 6 Steps to Building a Movement to End Mass Incarceration in America 1. Invest in capacity of organizations led by formerly incarcerated 2. Forge strong linkage with immigrant rights movement around dismantling “Secure Communities” program 3. Build cohort of progressive law enforcement allies and utilize Ceasefire- Lifelines to Healing framework 4. Launch “freedom to work” and “Let My People Vote” campaigns in five key states 5. Provoke highly visible public confrontations in

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