It’s Go Time!
With less than a week to go before the County’s historic vote on the current $3.5 Billion jail plan, Supervisor Hilda Solis has released a powerful statement committing to voting ‘No’ on CCFT (the mental health jail). Her statement was accompanied by a motion calling for a coordinated study of mental health and substance abuse diversion and treatment capacity in order to “reimagine” the county’s jail construction plan.
In her motion she writes, “several forensic mental health experts have indicated that investment in new jails, even with improved treatment components, are unlikely to significantly improve the treatment of inmates with mental illness […] The answer, according to these experts, is not in building a new jail to replace a decrepit one.”
Help us move the rest of the Board to reject new jails!
If you agree that people with mental health needs should be treated in their community and not in a jail, sign and share our petition against the mental health jail! Over 4,000 people have signed – help us reach 5,000!
Email or call your Supervisor asking them to vote ‘NO’ on jail construction! Supervisors Hahn or Ridley-Thomas especially need to hear from you!
Don’t know who your supervisor is? Find out here!
- HILDA L SOLIS, (213) 974-4111, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- MARK RIDLEY-THOMAS, (213) 974-2222 Email: SecondDistrict@bos.lacounty.gov
- SHEILA KUEHL, (213) 974-3333, Email: email@example.com
- JANICE HAHN, (213) 974-4444, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- KATHRYN BARGER, (213) 974-5555, Email: Kathryn@bos.lacounty.gov
Sample Script: Thank you Supervisor _______ for your commitment to investing in alternatives to incarceration. As a stakeholder in your district, I am deeply troubled that the County is considering waisting billions on jail construction, which would undermine all of your amazing efforts to divert people with mental health and substance use issues out of incarceration and into community-based treatment. I strongly urge you to vote ‘no’ on any jail construction next Tuesday and continue building on your visionary work.
Rally with JusticeLA on February 12th!
Next Tuesday February 12th will be the single most important date in the history of the L.A. County jail fight! Join JusticeLA at the Care Not Cages Rally and Press Conference to demand a complete stop of all jail construction and full investment in alternatives to incarceration.
Where: 500 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Support: RSVP and share the Facebook Event!
Can’t attend? Support us on social media! All you have to do is CLICK to TWEET!
Thank you for your leadership LA County Supervisor @HildaSolis! “We must properly explore how we can better treat mental health & substance use* needs.” In community based settings NOT Jails. The community stands w/ you! You can’t get well in a cell! https://hildalsolis.org/statement-from-supervisor-hilda-l-solis-on-the-consolidated-correctional-treatment-facility-project/
To the Building Trades & Unions of Los Angeles County: Stand w/ us against the LA County Jail Plan! Stopping the Jail plan will NOT take away jobs! The jobs that are created if the County builds Hospitals & community based centers ARE STILL GOOD JOBS! BUILD Community! #JusticeLA
You @SheilaKuehl @HildaSolis @SupJaniceHahn @kathrynbarge @mridleythomas – must make the right decision this time and reject the wasteful, ineffective & unnecessary construction of CCTF. You have OPTIONS! This plan is 10 years old! Let it go and study how we can best reduce pop!
🚨ACTION🚨: We strongly urge the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to vote NO, on February 12th, and reject the plan to build a $4 billion mental health jail! SIGN OUR PETITION from community members and health care providers against the jail! http://bit.ly/2WrI0Be
.@SheilaKuehl @HildaSolis @SupJaniceHahn @kathrynbarge @mridleythomas @LACoSheriff from 2013-2018 the population of ppl w/mental health needs in the LA County Jail System increased by 66%. INVEST IN COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES! You can’t get well in a cell! #CareNotCages #JusticeLA
p.s. Check out the powerful The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board piece opposing the construction of the mental health jail!