Housekeys Not Handcuffs: Alameda County budget advocacy in June 2023

Hundreds of millions in county funds are headed for jail staffing, jail expansion, and militarized equipment in jails. Join us for calling for these funds to instead go towards healing, housing, and behavioral health care in Alameda County.


John Lindsay-Poland, Co-Director

California Healing Justice Program

1730 Franklin St. #201
Oakland, CA 94612

Care First Coalition website

Alameda County is considering its budget this month. $80M is currently earmarked for a “mental health unit” at Santa Rita Jail. We hope you will join AFSC and the rest of the Care First Coalition this month to to demand the County Supervisors:

  1. Halt the $80M Santa Rita Jail Expansion
  2. Invest $171M in House Keys Not Handcuffs
  3. Implement Jail Diversion
  4. Democratize Alameda County’s Budget Process
  5. Gather Data to Measure Unmet Service and Housing Needs


Here are three steps you can take to help Alameda County invest in its people instead of its jails:

Use this email and call script to call on your county supervisor to fund care not cages.

Not sure who your county supervisor is? Look up your district here

Screenshot from budget training video, shows 5 speakers in Zoom

Learn everything you need to know about the Alameda County's budget and how we put together a $171 million budget platform that demands for data transparency, decarceration, and stability for our loved ones experiencing homelessness and mental illness. Be part of the movement to demand house keys not handcuffs.
When: June 10th @ 11am
Where: Online
With the continued underfunding of our behavioral health and housing infrastructures and overfunding of the jail, Black and brown residents with mental health and substance use needs are at high risk of criminalization and incarceration.

Rally with us to give the County Supervisors a wake up call to halt the jail expansion, and demand investments housing and community mental health care.
Tuesday, June 13 @ 9am
1221 Oak St, Oakland, CA
Alameda County Administration Building

We need our County Supervisors to know that we can’t get well in a cell, and we do NOT need a bigger jail. We need house keys not handcuffs. 🔑 We need care not cages. ❤️ We need jail diversion and decarceration.