Santa Cruz County

Film Screening of Visions of Abolition

Sin Barras presents a film screening of…

Visions of Abolition: From Critical Resistance to a New Way of Life

Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 7 PM
Louden Nelson Community Center
301 Center St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

This documentary was designed as a teaching tool to expand knowledge about the history of the prison industrial complex and the prison abolition movement in the United States.

Part I “Breaking down the Prison Industrial Complex” provides a critical exposé of the mass incarceration, the war on drugs, and the connections between slavery, capitalism and the prison industrial complex (39 mins.)

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No Community Policing in Santa Cruz!

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s office is having a community event tomorrow called “Sheriff Hart Task Force on 21st Century Policing.” They’re going to sell and rebrand the police department to the public by presenting “community policing” as their new strategy.

Please show up and tell them what “community policing” is really about. (More money for police officers, new ways to legitimatize police in our communities, deterring solution-orientated alternatives to police and incarceration, increasing our reliance on police, another way for police to gain information and ultimately control our communities).

It’ll be held tomorrow, Thursday January 21st, 2016 at 10AM at the Sheriff’s Office Community Room, 5200 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz in Live Oak. It will be for an hour. Please share this widely.

Don’t Let Santa Cruz Close Blaine St. Women’s Facility

Please read letters from women inside advocating that Blaine Street remain open.

And read a letter from Alcance of the Community Action Board advocating that a woman in Blaine be released rather than moved to the maximum security Water St. jail.

Sheriff Hart has asked people with opinions on the future of Blaine Street Women’s Jail to email Chief Deputy Craig Wilson at craig.wilson@santacruzcounty.us.

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Woman inside Santa Cruz County Jail responds to Chief Deputy Wilson

*The woman who wrote this letter has been held in the county jail since June 2014 without trial. She is currently represented by a public defender, and desperately needs a civil rights attorney to help her fight her case effectively. If you have any leads, please email sinbarras@gmail.com as soon as possible.

May 7th, 2015

“I am a pretrial inmate responding to Chief Deputy Craig Wilson’s praise of this jail.

Many staff here do handle immature, abusive, violent, manipulative behavior from inmates with industry, integrity, and compassion, serving people who are often in crisis. However, this system has the same flaws as law enforcement in general. Great autonomy without transparency leads to lack of accountability. Inhumane treatment is an inevitable result. Lazy people taking advantage of secure government employment and those who enjoy exercising power over others use their positions here to capriciously neglect or abuse those in their care, creating problems and extra work for dedicated staff members.

The current centuries-old custody paradigm often rewards bad behavior by both inmates and staff. Innovative new approaches incorporating transparency and accountability to reward good behavior by both inmates and staff could result in a truly humane system and decreased crime rates. It’s worth trying.”

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