John, thousands of families in
California are at risk of being torn apart by parental incarceration.
But legislation sponsored by #cut50, California’s SB 394, could set a
new national trend and help the 10+ million children nationwide who
grow up with a parent behind bars!
This week, the California State
Assembly is voting on SB 394, legislation that would give parents an
opportunity to seek treatment, get support, and participate in
programs rather than being sentenced to prison.
SB394 sets up a new pretrial
diversion court for parents and primary caregivers that holds people
accountable for their actions while also giving them a chance to
remain with their children and in their communities as they get the
help they need.
But several key members of the Assembly are still on the
fence about this bill.
Hearing from their constituents could be the difference
between a NO vote and a YES vote, which could impact tens of thousands
of families across the state!
you call on your friends and family in California to help by tweeting
key members a message of support?
Children with incarcerated parents
are at higher risk of psychological, legal, financial, and social
challenges – including often, incarceration themselves. When we send a
parent to prison, we perpetuate a host of disadvantages from
generation to generation.
Health professionals and advocates
alike agree; the best way to prevent these lasting and damaging
effects is by breaking the cycle of incarceration. By creating a new
collaborative court dedicated to rehabilitation instead of
incarceration for parents and primary caregivers, Senate Bill 394
would do just that.
is the bill’s final stop before moving on to California Governor
Newsom’s desk. Will you help get it there?
Together, we can create a new model for transformation and
healing in our justice system by investing in parents not
Let's fight to keep families together and communities
The #cut50 team
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