Letters for Liberation

by Anonymous, CCWF
A group of inmates are spearheading a letter writing campaign to legislators. This campaign involves two projects:
1. Release women from prison;
2. Return family boxes, eliminate vendor boxes and amend the new matrix to include reasonable requests.
We are asking all inmates to get involved. We will provide model letters and news articles (where available) addressing concerns.
Ladies, there is strength in numbers.
Please join together so we may be heard on these very important issues!

The Fire Inside received the announcement above anonymously. We support this great effort to get all prisoners, families and friends involved in letter writing.
We cannot print the names of all the state legislators, but here are the websites where you can find out specific information about your state senator or assembly member:
http://www.senate.ca.gov/~newsen/senators/senators.htp and
If you don?t have access to the web, please contact CCWP at: 1540 Market St., #490, San Francisco, CA 94102. We wii send you contact infornation for tyour elected officials.
Below is a list of the names of the current Public Safety Committee members. This Committee is responsible for overseeing the penal code and the prisons administration and therefore it is particularly important to let these legislators know what women prisoners think.
Mark Leno, Chair
Jay La Suer, Vice-Chair
Rebecca Cohn
Mervyn Dymally
Jackie Goldberg
Todd Spitzer
The central address for all legislators is:
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249
Sample Letter:
Dear Legislator,
We encourage you to adopt sweeping reforms to the Youth and Adult Correctional Authority. One immediate step that would save hundreds of millions of dollars would be to adopt legislation similar to that which Massachussetts (and twenty five other states) have passed.
Release low level non-violent offenders, especially women, back into the community. Many organizations (such as the Justice Policy Insititute) indicate this move would not increase public risk. In fact, it would improve public safety because taxpayers? dollars could be directed to more effective community-centered programs to promote education, job training, and self-help. The states fiscal resources, could be put to much better use.