Sin Barras

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.


Abolition of Policing

Dear Friends,

Sin Barras will be hosting Critical Resistance of Oakland for a 2 hour workshop titled “Abolition of Policing.”

Recent years have laid bare the violence of the police — but what empowers the system of policing and how can communities create safety without it? This workshop will explain how policing is an integral part of the prison industrial complex, and how we organize towards its abolition.

When: Saturday, June 10th from 1-3 PM
Where: Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos 1817 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Sin Barras Meetings Now Held at Subrosa!

Join us every Monday at 7:15 PM at SubRosa Community Space.
703 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

We will discuss ways that Sin Barras can support local and state-wide abolitionist campaigns and how we can further support loved ones inside and their families. We will also discuss what’s going right here in Santa Cruz County.

So please, bring your ideas and your desire to end the prison industrial complex!

Sin Barras is still alive!

Sin Barras is in the midst of a transition due to key organizers leaving Santa Cruz. We’re a smaller group now but we are still alive. We’re looking for organizers with passion and new ideas. We want to create strong and healthy communities that make correctional institutions obsolete. We’re also interested in growing our network here in Santa Cruz and beyond. We invite you to come to a meeting if you are interested in working with prison abolitionists. Please contact us,, for more information.