Resources for Prison Abolition/Prison Alternatives

 “Sin Barras is a group formed in 2012 in Santa Cruz, CA comprised of individuals dedicated to prison abolition. We challenge traditional understandings of criminality and assert that oppressive forces use criminal justice systems as a tool to produce and reproduce social inequality. We advocate for meaningful alternatives to incarceration, amplify voices from inside jails and prisons, and we connect ourselves to local, statewide, national, and international struggles against prisons.”

There are multiple ways you can participate in Sin Barras, including but not limited to:

  • Outreach Working Group: Planning events and educational materials
  • Local Jail Issues Working Group: Supporting people inside, developing an independent medical feedback process, jail support
  • Sin Barras Study Group: A reading and discussion group dedicated to better understanding prison abolition and alternatives to mass incarceration. Meets the second friday of every month from 7-9pm. 

Email if you have any questions about when the work group meets or what books/articles we’re currently reading for the study group.


Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth: “Punitive school discipline and juvenile justice policies activate tragic cycles of violence, incarceration, and wasted lives for youth of color. Founded in 2005, RJOY works to interrupt these cycles by promoting institutional shifts toward restorative approaches that actively engage families, communities, and systems to repair harm and prevent re-offending. RJOY focuses on reducing racial disparities and public costs associated with high rates of incarceration, suspension, and expulsion.


Generation Five: “We continue to bring a systemic framework to understanding child sexual abuse and forward approaches to connecting personal, community and social transformation.”


Critical Resistance: “Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe.”


“CURB: Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) is a statewide coalition of 70 grassroots organizations that is reducing the number of people in prisons and jails, shrinking the imprisonment system, and shifting public spending from corrections and policing to human services. Founded in 2003, our coalition amplifies the work of community leaders on issues from sentencing reform to conditions of confinement. We bridge movements for environmental, social, racial, and economic justice in California and across the nation. In addition to our organizational members, CURB’s Action Network is a thriving, growing movement of thoughtful, committed activists now numbering over 20,000!” /


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