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Vigil at South Bay Correctional Facility 9/25/15
Friday, September 25, 2015 9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Suffolk County House of Correction 20 Bradston Street, Boston
Convergence on Toxic Prisons begins this weekend in D.C.
In just 2 days, we will converge in DC to network, organize and take action against the toxic prison system.
Elder Mohaman Koti dies after release from prison
Mohaman Koti in May, 2016, shortly after his release from prison, NY
RAPP mourns the passing of Mohaman Koti
Bill to prohibit California jails from eliminating in-person visitation passes Senate!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 2, 2016 Media Contact: Zaineb Mohammed Zaineb@ellabakercenter.org or 510-285-8236 Sacramento, CA – The California Senate approved a bill authored by Sen. Holly Mitchell (D- Los Angeles) to prohibit California jails from eliminating in-person visits. SB 1157, the Strengthening Family Connections: In-Person Visitation bill, would preserve visitation rights for people in California county jails, […]
Ban the Box: Dallas
Speaking out for Ban-the-Box in Dallas.
On Wednesday, June 1st, the Dallas City Council will brief on a policy that has the potential to fundamentally reshape employment in Dallas for people with criminal backgrounds. This policy is known as Ban the Box or Fair Chance hiring. There will be no vote taken this Wednesday, but it is imperative that people from […]
8,786 Petition Signatures so far — thanks to NAACP Youth for a big contribution of 646 Jobs NOT Jail
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ACT NOW TO FUND JOBS FOR FORMERLY INCARCERATED PEOPLE
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UPDATE: It passed the Senate at $500,000 instead of $2 million. Not all that we wanted, but a first step. We'll put another alert in early June when the House and Senate have to rectify their budgets with one another.

Senate Budget Amendment S761 is in limbo right now, and we need to make it move. The amendment would allocate $2 million to fund jobs and job training for formerly incarcerated people and court involved youth. The Senate bundled amendments into 3 piles: Yes, No and Held. The good news is it didn't go to the No pile; it's in the held pile.

Please contact your Senators and Senate Leadership and also have your members call to let them know how important this amendment is for formerly incarcerated people and court involved youth to have access to jobs and job training.

Dallas rejects cite and release
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Dallas City Council in a 10-5 vote rejected a pilot plan to begin issuing citations for low-level marijuana possession in lieu of arrests and jail time. Though this is undoubtedly a defeat, the push for a Cite and Release program in Dallas is not over. Because we already knew the pilot program was imperfect, yesterday’s […]
Send a letter to your State Senator in support of SB 1157
Our bill, SB 1157, is currently in Appropriations, but we want to start gathering support among our State Senators for SB 1157. Please send a letter to your State Senator asking for their support of SB 1157. Let’s protect real in-person visits!
Call Your Senator To Support S761 NOW!
Call on your Senator to support $ for job training for folks returning from incarceration as well as finding jobs for court-involved youth. #JobsNotJails