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.



The C.R.I.S.E.S Act (AB 2054)

In a time of crisis, CA has the opportunity to invest in community-led interventions proven more effective in impact and cost. Across CA, community organizations have been effectively responding to emergency... Read More

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 8, 2019 Contact: Ashley Chambers 510-417-6071 Daisy Vieyra 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


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

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


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