JRC Historical Timeline

"The Coalition has grown and has achieved impressive victories in garnering increased investments in community services, much greater voice of community and directly impacted people, and a smaller justice system. Major successes like 50% community investment of the Realignment Budget, an annual $3 million community capacity building fund, creation of the FUBU program, the 1400 jobs initiative, and overall increased education and awareness of justice reform principles that have led to fewer youth and adults in the system are all directly the result of the work of the JRC.

I am proud to have played a role in the JRC’s formation and most importantly proud of the great work it has accomplished and continues to do."

David Muhammad
Executive Director of NICJR

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The Justice Reinvestment Coalition of Alameda County (JRC/AC) was founded in the fall of 2012 and formerly known as the Alameda County Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform (AC³JR). 

Our first regular meetings began in May 2013 and in contrast to today, our membership consisted of a few members including David Muhammad, George Galvis, and Junious Williams. By 2015, we increased to bi-weekly meetings. Charles Eddy from Urban Strategies Council contributed organizing support in late March of 2013. 


Our organization’s vision includes promoting public safety, defunding police, and reinvesting in marginalized communities. AB109 started on October 1, 2011; although these were public meetings, it was evident that the county would control the process and decisions were determined by Alameda County leaders. Steve Wiess from Bay Area Legal Aid, along with many others, advocated for non-profit organizations to have their own space to discuss their strategies for maximizing their influence over AB109 policy, programs, and funding. Our collective efforts continue to focus on ending mass incarceration, promoting healing over punishment, and cultivating authentic community safety.






 •  2012 - 2013

We began to meet with the Board of Supervisors and other influential decision-makers to increase community-based organizations’ portion of AB109 funding. Our first major campaign victory was gaining Keith Carson’s support to champion 50% of AB109 fiscal funds. Prior to this accomplishment, non-profit organizations only received 20% of funds, while 60% funded the Sheriff. 

Following George Galvis’ suggestion, the two tables, AC³JR and Prop 47 table, merged with a new name - the Justice Reinvestment Coalition of Alameda County (JRC/AC). In January 2015, this merger became official with all coalition members’ commitment to advocating JRC campaigns. Eventually, Prop 47 funds decreased and the JRC had to apply to significant funds including The California Endowment and the Akonadi Foundation. Then, we were funded by ACLU Northern California to facilitate candidate forums for the District Attorney. 






 •  2014 - 2015

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The following year in 2016, the Board of Supervisors permanently granted 50% of funds for non-profit organizations. We hosted community fairs, block parties, and town halls to inform the public about AB109 to ensure people are reclassified and get support. 

















In June 2016, we launched our 1400 Jobs for Freedom initiative to assure living wage employment for reentry populations. This paved the way for permanent, full-time jobs with benefits for people to successfully return home.

In the summer of 2017, we led a successful campaign to release a young man who was confined for several years at Santa Rita Jail. He was convicted as an adult offender despite being a juvenile when charged.




 •  2016 - 2017

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Early in JRC’s history with its limited budget, we had no capacity to hire staff members until February 2019 when we hired our first and current coordinator/campaigner, Danny Somdeng Thongsy

The JRC is a steering committee member for the 2019 campaign, Decarcerate Alameda County (formerly Audit Ahern) which is led by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. The campaign aims to reinvest taxpayer dollars into community-based resources.


 

 •  2018 - 2019

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 •  2020 - 2021

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During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the Justice Reinvestment Coalition advocated on behalf of the safety and health of prisoners in Santa Rita Jail. 

In August 2021, the Justice Reinvestment Coalition hired its first fellow, in memory of Dr. Prince White. 
Meet the fellow
here!