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.

We fight to abolish the prison industrial-complex.

*** No public meetings in December 2017 ***
Sin Barras meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, 7:15 to 8:30 PM, at SubRosa, 703 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz.

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  • Create consciousness and engagement about the prison conditions in Santa Cruz, and other prisons in the US
  • Amplify the voices of those inside
  • Mobilize support against prison expansion and push for decarceration
  • Organize for “non-reformist reforms” which Angela Davis describes as “reform that furthers abolition; reform that does not help to entrench the institution it is attempting to reform”
  • While we fight to improve the lives of inmates, we simultaneously demand that basic human needs be met outside of prison walls, not implemented within them
  • To divert money from militarization, war, and policing so that everyone has access to healthcare, welfare, housing, and education, which create healthy communities
  • Organize with and take leadership from those most directly affected by the violence reproduced by the prison industrial complex: racism, heterosexism, poverty, transphobia, ableism, and ageism
  • Research and expose fundamental injustices in the institution to demonstrate how the prison system has failed to improve crime prevention