Contra Costa is at a crossroads and can either cling to past habits and perpetuate the revolving door that has given California one of the highest recidivism rates in the country or Contra Costa can implement strategies with broad community support which have a proven record of improving community wellbeing. Contra Costa also has the second highest rate of unsentenced jail population in California (85% of Contra Costa's jail population is unsentenced) and the highest rate of immigration arrests by county in the San Francisco Bay Area. We as a county must collectively say no to jail expansion in Contra Costa and say yes to seizing the opportunity presented by realignment to transform the way we address crime, public safety and rehabilitation. Lets work to build a new Contra Costa, where families are not separated by detention and deportation and where all people have educational and job opportunities.
See our Fact Sheet on Incarceration and Deportation in Contra Costa County: http://www.scribd.com/doc/99922260/Facts-on-Incarceration-and-Deportation-in-ContraCosta-County-County
See our Infographic - Invest in People, Not Prisions: http://visual.ly/invest-people-not-prisons
See the summary of media coverage and key documents of this campaign here: http://www.scoop.it/t/invest-in-people-not-prisons