Santa Rita Jail COVID-19 Outbreak Press Conference Footage: January 11, 2021
Watch the video to hear directly from impacted folks, lawyers, and advocates who are collectively working to defund the sheriff and promote public health in the jail and Alameda County. For more information, check out the accompanying press release.
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.
Our Political Platform
Decarcerate Alameda County has a vision for a just and healthy Alameda County that places at the center those communities currently targeted and fast-tracked to Santa Rita Jail. In recent decades policing and incarceration have been increasingly used to respond to political, economic, and social problems resulting in mass incarceration and community instability.
Below is our three pronged platform:
DAC's Budget & Policy Proposal: