• Decarcerate Sacramento

  • Decarcerate Sacramento is a coalition working to prevent jail expansions, decrease jail populations, and shift county funds away from policing and incarceration towards community-based systems of care that promote community safety and health. 

  • In partnership with the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network and the Community Care First Sacramento coalition, we released our Sacramento County People Power for Public Health report in August of 2022. The report interviewed individuals who are unhoused, incarcerated, and/or on probation to create a set of policy and budget recommendations for Sacramento County.

  • Current Campaigns

    No New Sac Jail


     We continue work to prevent jail expansion in Sacramento County.

    Budget Transparency and Reinvestment

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

    Jail Population Reduction


    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.

  • Inside/Outside Organizing

    Decarcerate Sacramento organizes with people who are currently incarcerated in Sacramento County’s two jails. We build relationships through letter writing, phone calls and jail visiting to ensure that our work is centering the needs and priorities of people inside. We work to amplify their voices and experiences in all of our advocacy.


    Our coalition is primarily made up of individuals who currently have or have had a loved one incarcerated. We understand on a personal level how harmful incarceration is on families and communities. If you or someone you know has been impacted by Sacramento County jails, please reach out to us at decarceratesac@gmail.com.


    We launched our Jail Hotline on July 1st, 2022 to support folks inside with jail conditions and medical advocacy, free books, information sharing, legal research, and more. If you'd like to share the hotline phone # with someone who is currently incarcerated in a Sacramento County jail, please reach out to us.


    Read more from court-appointed monitors on the deadly conditions inside Sac County Jails.

  • Co-created with individuals in Sacramento County jails, our first zine was published in August of 2022.
    You can find a virtual copy by clicking the link below.

  • Recent Media

    Podcast interviews to news articles, find it all at the link below.

  • Fast Facts

    About Sacramento County's Jail System.


    The percentage of people in Sacramento County Jail who have not been convicted of any crime.


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

    Over 60%

    The number of people in Sacramento County Jail who have been diagnosed with mental illness.

    Over 50%

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

  • Events

    Find out more about Decarcerate Sacramento's calls to action, community forums, and rallies by joining our email list.

    July 19th, 2022

    New Member Orientation

    July 1st, 2022

    Jail Hotline Launch

    Wednesday, June 8th, 2022

    Sac County Budget Action

    Demand that the Board of Supervisors prioritize investments in community-based care!

    May 10th, 2022

    Demand a Public Health Approach to PreTrial Reform

    April 7th, 2022

    Community Forum:

    Why's the Jail Population So High?

    January 8th, 2022

    A Community Power-Building Project

    (Not Just Another Listening Session)

    June 15, 2020

    Press Conference & Public Comment

    In-Person & Remote Event

    March 31, 2020

    Honk For Justice

    (COVID Safe Car Rally)

  • 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.

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