Rethinking Priorities

By Community Alliance Staff

Since 1980, California has built 20 new prisons, and only one new university. It’s time to rethink California’s priorities!

Join us as we engage in conversation and action regarding our state budget crisis and how our system of mass incarceration is taking important dollars away from funding for higher education and other important social services.

The ACLU of Northern California is hosting a town hall meeting on June 5 at 6 pm at Arte Americas (1630 Van Ness Ave.) in Fresno.

“Our criminal justice system should keep communities safe, treat people fairly, be cost-effective, and use our taxpayer dollars wisely,” said Caitlin O’Neill, criminal justice and drug policy associate at the ACLU of Northern California. “There are choices we can make to reduce wasteful criminal justice spending and improve public safety.”

Criminal justice and drug policy staffers from the ACLU will be speaking about California’s broken criminal justice system and reforms that can be made to ensure we continue to keep education and social services as a higher priority in the state.

Local officials are invited to attend the event, and there will be a portion for public comment. Spanish interpretation will be provided. The event is sponsored by the ACLU of Northern California, the ACLU Fresno County Chapter and Californians for Justice. For more information, call Pam Whalen at 559-994-9390.

  • The Community Alliance is a monthly newspaper that has been published in Fresno, California, since 1996. The purpose of the newspaper is to help build a progressive movement for social and economic justice.

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