Senate Bill 180, the Repeal Ineffective Sentencing Enhancement Act, has made it out of the Assembly Public Safety Committee and will soon be headed to the Assembly floor. We need to keep the momentum going. Authored by Senator Holly Mitchell, this bill would reduce racial disparities in the criminal justice system, restore balance in the judicial process, and free up funds to be invested in communities.

We urgently need you to voice your support to your Assemblymember.

Here are three things we need you to do right now:

1) Call your Assemblymember and tell them to vote Yes on SB 180 - Click here to find out which district you live in. We are especially needing to flood the offices with calls from constituents Los Angeles, Inland Empire, Central Coast, South Bay, East Bay and North of the Bay Area!:

Sample call script: My name is _____, and I live in ____, California. I am calling to say that I support Senate Bill 180, related to drug sentences. California wastes too much money by locking people up for very long periods of time, when it should be investing in services we need in our communities, like schools, dropout prevention programs, job training, housing, and employment. My family and I want to stop wasting lives and money on jails and prisons. We want services in our communities that really make us safer.

Please let my Assemblymember know that I strongly support this bill.


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2) Join the conversation on social media - On Wednesday, July 12th the co-sponsors will be hosting a #RISEact social media blitz! Make sure you are following us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Show your support on social media using #KeepFamiliesTogether and #RISEact.

3) Send a Letter to Support this Bill - We are lucky to have over 156 organizations supporting the RISE act!  You can find a sample letter of support here, if you have already submitted a letter please send an updated version addressed to your Assemblymember.


This extreme punishment has failed to protect communities or reduce the availability of drugs but has resulted in overcrowded jails and prisons, harsh sentences, and crippled state and local budgets. By repealing this expensive and ineffective punishment, funds will be freed to reinvest in community programs that actually improve the quality of life and reduce crime.  


The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is proud to be co-sponsoring the RISE act with ACLU of California, California Public Defenders Association, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Drug Policy Alliance, the Friends Committee on Legislation California, and Legal Services for Prisoners with Children