The Justice Reinvestment Coalition of Alameda County (JRC/AC, of which the Council is a founding member) will hold a Town Hall titled “We Rise Together – Investment in People Not Punishment” on Thursday, April 27 at the Way Christian Center, 1305 University Avenue in Berkeley. The event begins at 5:30 with food and networking. The program will begin at 6:00.
Join us to help assure that the Coalition’s 1400 jobs initiative (aka ‘Re-Entry Hiring Program of Alameda County’) is implemented in ways that best serve the county’s reentry community. The Justice Reinvestment Coalition proposed the initiative in May 2016 and a month later won a unanimous vote from the Board of Supervisors to endorse and implement it. After months of negotiations between JRC representatives and county department heads on an implementation plan, it is unclear if key elements of the Coalition’s vision for these jobs will be fulfilled.
The event provides an opportunity for justice systems impacted individuals and family members to share with the public and county leaders their experiences, challenges and hopes for better lives through permanent, living wage jobs with good benefits, jobs that will support a family in our county. Among the Coalition’s seventeen member organizations are many formerly incarcerated and systems impacted individuals in staff and volunteer roles. These voices in our midst will engage county leaders in advocating for an affirmative hiring program design that is adequately staffed and is open to individuals no longer under parole and probation supervision as well as those under supervision.
Also, the Town Hall will provide a forum to speak out more broadly on root causes of incarceration and for actionable reinvestment strategies to promote prevention, as well as systemic and restorative reforms to both the juvenile and adult justice systems.