Join the Ella Baker Center in denouncing the tactics used by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) who on May 15th pulled an appalling bait and switch using a website and email campaign offering $200 and amnesty to parolees who upon arrival, many accompanied by their family members, were arrested.
"We thought this was supposed to be a program to help, not to scare and arrest. My son thought the Amnesty program would help him as he continued to get his life back on track. Now, he is locked in jail and will likely lose his job." said Linda, the mother of one of the arrested parolees. "The system is broken and the way it is now doesn’t help these guys. If CA took all the money they spent on the set up, and used it to help some of the people on parole, perhaps some of these people would be better off."
We call on Matthew Cate, the Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to bring an end to these misguided operations.
"These tactics and strategies undermine community trust and erode cooperation," said Jakada Imani, Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center. "Secretary Cate and his staff should be using California tax-payer money towards solutions that create lasting peace and to work positively with people trying to turn their lives around."