Group to Protest Outside Jail Saturday

'Californians United for a Responsible Budget' plans to hold a rally in protest of the 'unconstitutional overcrowding' of women's jails in California at 2 p.m. in Redwood City.


It sounds like there will be a lot of activity at the jail in Redwood City on Saturday.

The group "California's United for a Responsible Budget" (CURB) sent out a statement Friday afternoon indicating its members plan to hold a rally outside the jail in Redwood City at 2 p.m. in protest of "the unconstitutional overcrowding of women's prisons in California."

"People from across the state are mobilizing to Chowchilla to protest the unconstitutional overcrowding in California's women prisons and jails to show support for loved ones inside who are struggling to survive as the conditions worsen," CURB's statement read.

"We are gathering in Redwood City to highlight the similarly deplorable conditions endured by the people locked up in the San Mateo County Jail system, and to protest the Board of Supervisor’s $180-million jail expansion project that will cage more of our loved ones and siphon resources from programs that ensure socioeconomic justice and that truly keep our communities safe," it said.

The statement called for additional support from people in the community to join them in showing that "not only are we witnessing this discrimination and abuse, but we will not be silent."

The rally will take place at 2 p.m. at the San Mateo County Jail, 1590 Maple St. in Redwood City.

What do you think of CURB's position on this issue? Do you agree? Tell us in the comments below.


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Susan Swope January 26, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Can someone explain how this group can deplore the crowded conditions, and at the same time oppose the new jail, which would alleviate the overcrowding? Also, the Court determines who will be incarcerated, not the Board of Supervisors. I totally agree that there needs to be more programming to help those being released be successful in the community. There is insufficient space, particularly in the women's jail, to have the needed programs. Realignment makes it more important than ever to have effective rehabilitation and re-entry programming in our County facilities. Successful community re-enty makes for a safer community.


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