Pub. date: 2005 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952514 | Print ISBN: 9780761927310 | Online ISBN: 9781412952514| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants
Pauline Sullivan & Charles Sullivan
Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE) is one of the most active prison reform groups in the United States. The organization began in San Antonio, Texas, on January 2, 1972, when volunteers drove hundreds of miles in dilapidated buses to the state prisons. Riding on the buses were families who had not seen their loved ones in years. In the 1973 legislative session in Austin, one of the buses was used to bring families to help in passing legislation that banned prisoners from having disciplinary power over other inmates. Initially, the prison system had assisted CURE with the bus service, but they stopped cooperating when this bill became law. As a result, CURE decided to become a statewide advocacy organization and moved to Austin in 1974. Besides prison reform, CURE began to focus on jail, parole, and probation problems. It helped ensure the appointment of the first black, woman, ...