We all scream for… prison reform. (And ice cream.)

Local residents and members of Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) will gather to publicly protest California’s prison-expansion plan from 2 to 4 p.m. this Sunday in the Mosswood Park Amphitheatre, at Broadway and MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland. On tap: 53,000 paper dolls and a load of ice cream.

“I Scream (Ice Cream) Against Prison Expansion” will bring together local performers, youth, and other residents to continue work started in Los Angeles earlier this month to create 53,000 paper dolls to signify the 53,000 new prison and jail cells planned under a deal struck between lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Two federal judges this week ordered the creation of a three-judge panel to consider placing a cap on the state’s prison population, basically rejecting the state’s claim that the prison-expansion deal will solve the state’s overcrowding problem.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.