DAC's Care First Resolution Unanimously Adopted, Nominate a Task Force Member by August 22nd
On May 25th, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the Care First Resolution. This is a crucial first step in ending the mental health crisis in Alameda County.
The 25-member Care First Task Force that passed included the addition of four law enforcement agencies and eliminated the Free Our Kids coalition and DAC from the table, these two coalitions are led by BIPOC organizations with lived experiences who are leading the organizing that made this resolution possible! We will keep fighting for decision-making power, but the vote was a huge paradigm shift in organizing the county towards prioritizing care over punishment.
Nominate someone by August 22, 2021 by visiting our Care First Jails Last page by clicking the button below.
*Updated August 11, 2021.
Alameda County Budget Summary
Decarcerate Alameda County is calling on Supervisor Richard Valle to re-open last year’s $106 million jail funding decision, and support shifting $43 million from the sheriff’s office in the proposed 2022 budget towards funding mental health and housing. The coalition is also calling for $122 million in budget investments to restore mental health services from community-based providers.
Surviving COVID-19 in Santa Rita Jail
Check out this brief explainer video about what's been happening — and not happening — in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, California since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
DAC Small Victory: No Cuts to Healthcare, Defund the Sheriff
Decarcerate Alameda County (DAC) organized to win significant budget demands this week—preventing cuts to healthcare and permanently cutting 12 sheriff positions. The County also cut $11.9M to public protections departments (sheriff, district attorney, probation, fire, and public defender). The Board of Supervisors voted on November 10, 2020, to close a $72.9 million budget gap, resulting from reduced revenues from the State of California. The sheriff's department took the biggest hit in cuts and we know this would not have happened without the months of calls, mobilizations, and public engagement from coalition members of DAC. Thank you for fighting with us! Let's keep organizing to build a robust community-base mental health care system that prioritizes care over punishment.