Say No to Prison Expansion - Weigh in on the Environmental Impact Reports
California has plans to build thousands of
new prison beds costing Californian's over $810 million to build
. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has narrowed down f
ive existing prisons to add these new beds to including Donovan (Chula Vista), Mule Creek (Ione), Folsom, Vacaville, & Norco. That means thousands of new beds in Amador, Riverside County, San Diego, Solano & Sacramento County. CDCR
a draft version of the Environmental Impact Report
for each location
The period for public comments is currently
and ends on August 19th.
The key to intervening in the formal EIR process is to generate as many different comments from as many different possible perspectives as possible -- a traffic expert, an air quality expert, an endangered species expert, a water quality expert, environmental experts and community members who will be impacted etc. The EIR team must gather data on:
* Visual resources, light and glare
* Air quality
* Biological resources
* Cultural and historic resources
* Geology and soils
* Hazards, hazardous materials and public health
* Hydrology and water quality
* Land use and planning
* Employment, population, housing and community services
We are asking you to make your voice heard! Let CDCR know California cannot build its way out of prison overcrowding and needs alternatives to incarceration and not more cages.
You’ll find a few site-specific talking points to the side of this letter, if you click them they get added to your letter. Please personalize and localize the letter as much as you can. If you have knowledge of environmental justice or public health concerns particular to these prison sites, please add them in!
This will strengthen our opposition and hopefully shut down this unnecessary and destructive expansion.
Step 1 - Select a Recipient