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April 2, 2007
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Prison Reformers Support Prop. 36 Treatment

On March 28, over 200 prison reform advocates from around the state, including Prop. 36 participants and graduates, gathered in Sacramento to call for continued support for California’s treatment-instead-of-incarceration law. [Link to page with more info and pix]

The Coalition for Effective Public Safety (CEPS) and Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), representing over 40 organizations throughout California, amassed at the Capitol Building on March 28, 2007. The group—many of whom were teenagers organizing to fight against life-without-parole sentencing for youth—called on legislators to invest more in alternatives to incarceration rather than further expanding the prison system.

Lou Martinez, a Prop. 36 graduate and now a certified drug and alcohol counselor in Sacramento, spoke about the importance of treatment for himself, his wife and children, and for the 36,000 people that enter the program each year. Like many he cycled in and out of the criminal justice system for years and was never offered substance abuse treatment until California voters passed Prop. 36. Since he graduated in 2004, he has rebuilt his life and is working towards a degree in social work.


Common Sense for Drug Policy
California Society of Addiction Medicine
California State Association of Counties

Read commentary from Oliver H., a Prop 36 graduate.

Get the Facts
Over a dozen Proposition 36 fact sheets are available for download. Topics include: the Effectiveness of Drug Treatment, Drug Courts/Deferred Entry, and the California Correctional System.
breakdowns of the 2000 initiative votes
For background on the Prop. 36 campaign and other votes nationwide for drug policy reform, see:

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