Norris, Zachary

Zachary Norris is the Director of Books Not Bars, a campaign of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.

A Better Way to Balance The Budget—and Protect Public Safety

Zachary Norris.jpgBy Zachary Norris, Books Not Bars Director at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights;
Margaret Dooley-Sammuli, Drug Policy Alliance Deputy State Director, Southern California;
and Natasha Minsker, ACLU of Northern California Death Penalty Policy Director

A series of common sense, waste-cutting proposals would address two of California’s biggest problems: our overburdened, dysfunctional corrections system, and the ever increasing multi-billion dollar deficit. Implementing these proposals would save the state $7.5 billion in 5 years and improve public safety, so what are we waiting for?

Over the last 20 years, California’s corrections budget has increased by 450%. What are we spending all of that money on?