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.
The percentage of people in Sacramento County Jail who have not been sentenced.
The population of Black folks in the jail population (the total Black population in Sacramento County is 11%).
The number of people in Sacramento County Jail who have been diagnosed with mental illness, and who do not receive any treatment.
The number of people charged with misdemeanors in Sacramento experiencing homelessness.
No New Sac Jail
Sacramento County is planning to build another jail tower next to the Main Jail downtown. It’s unclear at this point in the design process how much this new jail will cost the county, but we know it is planned to be used for “medical and mental health services” which cost significantly more to provide inside a jail setting. We know that care cannot be effectively provided in a jail setting, and continuing to fund the Sheriff’s Department at the expense of community-based services ensures Sacramento will continue to incarcerate people with serious mental health needs.
Defund Cops & Cages -- Reinvest in Communities
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department receives over a third of the General fund and their budget continues to increase every day. We know that in order to decrease our county jail populations, we must invest in our communities, especially Black communities
Decarcerate Sacramento maintains contact with a network of people inside of Sacramento County Jails. We work to build relationships that inform our strategy and decision-making and to advocate with those experiencing horrific conditions inside of Sac County Jails- which are widely known to be among the worst in the state.