The Care First mission
is to make comprehensive changes to the criminal legal system that reduce
the policing and incarceration of our communities and promote systems of support for all people. We will do this by
reducing the power of carceral systems
and passing equitable pretrial legislation.
a Care First Future
That means care and support for everyone. It means divesting dollars from law enforcement agencies and reinvesting them in effective community-based services. It means communities will be entrusted with addressing issues such as health and mental health care, job training and placement, pretrial, diversion, and reentry services, housing, and other support that helps our community members meet their basic needs, so they can thrive and grow rather than relying on imprisoning and punishing people who are in need of support. For our community members who currently work in law enforcement and in the Prison Industrial Complex, it means services, support, and incentives for job retraining and placement. We want care for you, too – making a living wage in jobs that create healthy communities.
Learn more about our Care First partners, advocacy work, and culture:
How do Care First policies affect me?
I'm a community member
I’m concerned about the many public health crises our State is facing, such as houselessness, mass incarceration, and systemic racism.
You have a huge stake in the work we’re doing. Whether you or your loved ones have been impacted by California’s bloated carceral system, or you simply care about the moral, social, environmental, and economic ramifications of continuing California’s legacy of mass incarceration, racial inequity, and law enforcement abuse — Care First policies will move California into a future that sees our communities healed, restored, and thriving.
Data & Context
Prisons are a Public Health Disaster
High Desert State Prison (HDSP) provides tap water that contains levels of arsenic 2,264 times higher than what is considered to be safe for human health.
The average age of a person sentenced to life without parole is 19. This country is alone in sentencing youth to life in prison.
Prisons destroy local businesses.
I am an impacted community member
I have been impacted by police violence and the carceral system personally, or through a family member or loved one.
You’re the reason we fight. Whether you or your loved ones have been impacted by California’s bloated carceral system, or you simply care about the moral, social, environmental, and economic ramifications of continuing California’s legacy of mass incarceration, racial inequity, and law enforcement abuse, Care First policies will move California into a future that sees our communities healed, restored, and thriving.
Data & Context
I work in law enforcement
I’m concerned that Care First policies mean my workplaces and employers are losing funding and I may lose my source of income.
Your stake is highly personal. California prisons are toxic to the people in them, both physically and emotionally, and that includes you. From highly toxic facilities, to the health and mental health issues that plague Police, Probation Officers, Prison Guards, and other employees of the Prison Industrial Complex, your livelihood risks your life in more ways than you might think.
Our vision leaves no one behind, which is why we’re working toward Care First policies with a Just Transition in mind. A Just Transition will ensure that you have the financial and educational opportunities to make your transition from working within oppressive systems, into good-paying, stable jobs that support you and your family, and restore our communities.
Data & Context
*more likely than the general population