Sacramento, CA – The 700,000 member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California today announced its endorsement of the Public Safety and Rehabilitation Initiative on the November 2016 ballot.
SEIU California President Laphonza Butler said:
“SEIU members overwhelmingly live in and serve the communities most affected by crime and the failures of our criminal justice system. We care deeply about both safety and justice, and this measure takes significant steps toward both. We are proud to stand with Governor Brown as he searches for a more effective and more just approach to criminal justice.
“Rehabilitation works and makes our communities much safer when people who were in prison return to our neighborhoods, and juvenile offenders deserve a judge’s careful consideration before being charged as adults.
“Our resources as a state are better spent investing in schools, healthcare, and job training than on mass incarceration. Our communities have paid too heavy a price for these outdated, unsustainable, and inhumane policies. It’s time to re-evaluate them and get smarter on crime.”