• Decarcerate Sacramento

  • Decarcerate Sacramento is a coalition working to end jail expansions, decrease jail populations, and shift county funds away from policing and incarceration towards community-based systems of care that actually keep the public safe.

     

  • Our Response To COVID-19

     

     

    Our response to COVID-19 was immediate. We sent this letter to the Sheriff’s Department on March 12th, 2020. Following that public statement, we worked to support the Public Defender’s office with their motions that, if approved by a judge, would release hundreds if not thousands. The first motions approved the release of those with less than 60 days on their sentence. The Sacramento County Jail population overall was reduced by over 30% due to COVID-19 related releases. We are demanding that the requirement for people released early to return to finish their sentences be lifted, and that the County focus its efforts on continuing to reduce the jail population.

  • Fast Facts

    Nearly 70%

    The percentage of people in Sacramento County Jail who have not been sentenced.

    37%

    The population of Black folks in the jail population (the total Black population in Sacramento County is 11%).

    Over 50%

    The number of people in Sacramento County Jail who have been diagnosed with mental illness, and who do not receive any treatment.

    50%

    The number of people charged with misdemeanors in Sacramento experiencing homelessness.

  • History

    Decarcerate Sacramento formed in response to an $89 million dollar jail expansion planned for the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center (RCCC). Community members were deeply concerned that this expansion would continue to cause county budget cuts to vital human services. Our goals were clear from the beginning—in addition to preventing the expansion of our jail system, we need sustained decreases in our jail population and a drastic shift in county funding to community-based services that prevent harm. 

     

    In November of 2019, we successfully convinced the Sacramento County Board of Superivsors to cancel the planned expansion of the RCCC jail. Then, after many more months of research and organizing, the Board cancelled a second, separate plan to build a new jail "annex" in March of 2021. 

     

    After preventing two jail expansion projects in under two years, Decarcerate Sacramento is now focused primarily on Pre-Trial reform that prioritizes Preserving the Presumption of Innocence (PPI), Alternatives to Incarceration outside of law-enforcement, and shifting county funding priorities towards human services that promote public health and community safety.

  • Current Campaigns

    PreTrial Justice: Ending Pretrial Detention

    Fighting against the growing power of Probation in Pretrial and for Pretrial programs to prioritize supportive community-based services outside of law-enforcement. 

    Budget Transparency & Reinvestment

    Advocating for public spending to be transparent and to be invested in life-affirming human services that promote community safety

     

    Decarceration & Decriminalization

    Decreasing Sacramento County jail populations requires a plan that prioritizes strengthening networks of care and resources that heal, decrease poverty, prevent harm and increase capacity for diversion from policing and the legal system.

     

     

     

  • Events

    Find out more about upcoming Decarcerate Sacramento events!

    January 8th

    A Community Power-Building Project

    (Not Just Another Listening Session)

    June 15

    Press Conference & Public Comment

    In-Person & Remote Event

    March 31

    Honk For Justice

    (COVID Safe Car Rally)

    March 23

    Demand Budget Action Event

    (Call & Email Campaign)

    March 23

    Stop All Evictions & Rent Payments

    (Call & Email Campaign)

    March 23

    Stop All Evictions & Rent Payments

    (Call & Email Campaign)

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