WHY VOTE NO ON CA PROP 25?

PROP 25 IS NOT THE SOLUTION TO CASH BAIL THAT POLITICIANS, THE PROBATION UNION, AND SPECIAL INTERESTS WANT YOU TO THINK IT IS.

It is MASS INCARCERATION and it will INCREASE RACISM in the criminal justice system.

HERE’S THE FACTS. PROP 25:

1. RISK ASSESSMENT ALGORITHMS ARE JUST AUTOMATED RACIAL PROFILING. PROP 25 MEANS MORE PEOPLE OF COLOR IN JAIL.
  • In the words of the Marshall Project, “it’s racism in, racism out.” The data used by risk assessment algorithms is corrupted by systemic racism.

  • Unsurprisingly, as a result, in places that risk assessments are implemented, the results are disastrous. People of color are disproportionately deemed “high risk” and are locked up before their trial.

2. PROP 25 GIVES JUDGES UNCHECKED POWER TO LOCK UP INNOCENT PEOPLE. THIS OPENS THE DOOR FOR EVEN MORE RACIAL BIAS AND MORE PEOPLE OF COLOR IN JAIL.
  • Judges can ignore the risk assessment tool without explanation. They can order a “low-risk” person locked up without explanation.
  • There are no checks on judges and no requirement for transparency. A person who a judge decides to jail has no way to challenge the decision.
  • Judges use pretrial incarceration to pressure people to plead guilty regardless of actual guilt.
3. PROP 25 REQUIRES CORRUPT PROBATION DEPARTMENTS BE IN CHARGE OF PRETRIAL SERVICES. THIS MEANS MORE PROBATION OFFICERS AND MORE FUNDING FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT TO HARASS COMMUNITIES OF COLOR.
  • Prop 25 defines the agencies who can receive pretrial services funding so narrowly that only probation departments would be eligible to receive pretrial services funding.

  • Every county in the state would be forced to significantly increase the size and scope of their probation departments. This will increase the probation unions lobbying power in the state.

Supporters of Prop 25 claim it will remove profit from the system. But with Prop 25, companies peddling risk assessment tools, electronic monitors and other surveillance technologies stand to make lots of money. They know that MORE INCARCERATION means MORE opportunities for them to profit off jailing people of color. We’ve seen it happen across the country.

WAIT, I THOUGHT THE BAIL BOND INDUSTRY OPPOSES PROP 25? SHOULDN’T I BE AGAINST THEM? ISN’T CASH BAIL HARMFUL?

THE BAIL BOND INDUSTRY OPPOSES PROP 25 FOR VERY DIFFERENT REASONS THAN US.

It wants to keep profiting off the backs of low-income Black people and people of color. We don’t take a penny from the Bail Bond Industry, we don’t even give them the time of day.

Make no mistake, cash bail criminalizes poverty. It makes it easier to be rich and guilty than poor and innocent. But the Bail Bond industry only thrives because judges use bail to trap people in jail and pressure them to plead guilty quickly. This FORCES people who can’t afford bail to turn to bail bonds.

Voting Yes on Prop 25 is NOT the solution. It does nothing to address the power judges have to keep people in jail without trial and pressure them to plead guilty. It only replaces an unjust money bail system with another system that further empowers judges to use pretrial jail time to pressure people into pleading guilty. It also leads to massive budget increases to probation departments and makes automated racial profiling common practice. Prop 25 is MASS INCARCERATION and PRETRIAL RACISM. We’ve fought too hard to just exchange one broken system for another. 

Our campaign has led and will continue to lead the conversation on more just alternatives. Let’s beat Prop 25 so we can get to work building a better future.

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