Criminal Justice and Drug Policy

Rights guaranteed to the accused are fundamental.

Reversing the tide of over-criminalization and over-incarceration.

Our constitution is designed to safeguard the citizenry against government abuses of power. But all too often, the rights of those involved in the criminal justice system are compromised or ignored.

The rights guaranteed to the accused, defendants, offenders and prisoners are fundamental rights that protect all Americans from governmental abuse of power. These rights include the guarantee against unreasonable search and seizure, the right to reasonable bail, the right to due process of law and the right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.

These rights are indispensable to a free society.

 

Advocates Celebrate Governor Newsom’s Signature on SB 136, Dismantling a Cruel, Ineffective Sentence Enhancement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 8, 2019 Contact: Ashley Chambers ashley@ellabakercenter.org 510-417-6071 Daisy Vieyra dvieyra@acluca.org 916-824-3266 SACRAMENTO–Today, the Repeal Ineffective Sentence... Read More

Criminal Justice and Drug Policy

Stop Criminalizing Adolescent Behavior (AB 901)

In far too many places across California, juvenile probation has become a knee-jerk reaction to young people who are simply having trouble in school or at home but who haven’t been accused of a crime. Criminalizing... Read More

News

ACLU Files Amicus Brief in Suit to Remove San Diegan from the CalGang Database

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 5, 2019 CONTACT: Edward Sifuentes esifuentes@aclusandiego.org (619) 501-3408 SAN DIEGO – Today, the ACLU Foundation of San Diego & Imperial Counties (ACLUF-SDIC) submitted an... Read More

Legislative

Repeal Sentence Enhancement for Prior 1-Year Convictions (SB 136)

Although California has made significant strides over the years to address mass incarceration and racial bias and disparities in the criminal justice system, more needs to be done to move California forward and invest... Read More

Criminal Justice and Drug Policy

Free the Vote for Californians on Parole (ACA 6)

Our democracy is rooted in the idea that everyone’s voice matters. But right now, nearly 50,000 Californians on parole are unable to vote in local, state, or federal elections. Voter suppression tactics... Read More