Santa Cruz Town Clock— On January 16, community members representing Santa Cruz County came together to voice opposition to California’s plans to pour another $500 million into jail construction (SB1022). The same day, the Board of State and Community Corrections met to confirm which counties will be awarded SB 1022 funds to build new jail facilities—whether it be for program space or new beds. An internal Executive Steering Committee (ESC) has recommended 15 counties to receive as much as $80 mill to support their projects.
BSCC granted Santa Cruz County $25 million to expand and reopen unused facilities at Rountree Detention Center in Watsonville. Community members in Santa Cruz gathered at the Town Clock on January 16 to tell the county Board of Supervisors to “invest in communities, not cages” and to reject the large grant awarded by the state for jail expansion, whether it be for program space or new beds.
Photo Credit: Alex Darocy & Bradley Allen, Indybay
This fight ain’t over yet! Our Sheriff and Board of Supervisors have 90 days from last Thursday to accept or reject the grant, which means: we can still stop this! We are drafting letters to our Board of Supervisors for organizations and individuals to sign onto; building coalitions in Watsonville; organizing a mobilization to the Board Of Supes meeting; and gathering weekly to come up with a creative game plan for some grassroots political pressure. You with me?