Reform LA Jails spent $ 10,179 on items listed as “meetings and appearances” at the Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club in Malibu and an additional $ 15,593 at the resort’s Malibu Conference Center between July and September of 2019, according to campaign finance records.
Rooms at the resort, which sits on a 250-acre ranch in Malibu wine country along the coastline, start at around $ 600 per notte.
A consulting firm owned by Asha Bandele made the payments on behalf of Reform LA Jails, secondo il record, which were first reported by the Daily Caller News Foundation. Bandele co-authored Cullors’ biography titled, “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir.”
California’s Fair Political Practices Commission stati that campaign funds must be used for “politico, legislative or governmental” purposes. Details of the $ 26,000 spent on “meetings and appearances” at the resort and conference center remain unclear.
Organizers created Reform LA Jails to support a 2020 LA ballot initiative called Measure R to give the L.A. County Sheriff’s civilian oversight commission subpoena power “to effectively and independently investigate misconduct and to develop a plan to reduce jail populations and to redirect the cost savings into alternatives to incarceration,” according to the group’s website.
LA County jails in 2019 recorded an average of 300 inmates processed every day, totaling about 109,500 inmates per year. Elettori in 2020 voted overwhelmingly in favor of Measure R, which Reform LA Jails argues will help end mass incarceration by reducing the county’s prison population.
“Mass incarceration is the civil rights issue of our time,” the organization’s website states. “Our criminal justice system profoundly discriminates against people of color and unfairly punishes the poor and low-income members of our communities.”