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The California Prison Moratorium Project seeks to stop all public and private prison construction in California. We believe money saved can be diverted from California's prison construction budget to fund and actively pursue alternatives to incarceration for as many people as possible. As a result, communities will have the power to examine the reasons people break the law, and seek alternatives to prison.

We believe most people who are being put in prison do not need to be removed from society, and could effectively be diverted into community-based programs. Since the most people are being sent to prison for non-violent drug-related or economic crimes, we believe these people should receive drug treatment and/or economic assistance (such as education, affordable childcare, job training and placement, or welfare) instead of prison terms. Even the diminishing percentage of people convicted of violent offenses can be helped outside the prison system, through intervention and support for getting out of abusive relationships, anger management and conflict resolution workshops, and drug and alcohol treatment.

We believe prisons are not making our communities more secure nor safer, and these alternatives will work. These alternatives are more cost-effective, and they help rebuild communities, families, and individuals.

We consider prisons to be a form of environmental injustice. They are normally built in economically depressed communities that eagerly anticipate economic prosperity. Like any toxic industry, prisons affect the quality of local schools, roads, water, air, land, and natural habitats. We join forces with other groups working for environmental justice.

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  • 82
  • Prisons
  • Jul 14, 2003
  • English

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