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.

 

Legislative

Bail: Pretrial Release (SB 10)

Every year in California, thousands and thousands of people are jailed while they await their trial simply because they can’t afford to post bail. In a state where the median bail amount is $50,000, it’s no surprise... Read More

General

CPAT Statement on the selection of Assistant Chief David Nisleit as the City of San Diego’s next Chief of Police

SAN DIEGO – Today, Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced in a press conference his choice of Assistant Chief David Nisleit as the City of San Diego’s next Chief of Police. The Coalition for Police Accountability and... Read More

News

California Bail Reform Coalition Statement on California Court of Appeal Ruling with Implications for Bail Reform

Media Contact: Daisy Vieyra [email protected], 916-442-1036 x613 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 26, 2018 California Bail Reform Coalition Statement on California Court of Appeal Ruling with Implications for... Read More

News

ACLU STATEMENT ON DOJ DECISION TO SHIFT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S ROLE IN STATE MARIJUANA LAWS

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice is expected to reverse an Obama-era policy today that discouraged federal prosecutors from bringing charges against marijuana users in states where marijuana is legal. This... Read More

Immigrant Rights

California Values Act (SB 54)

SB 54 ensures that no state or local resources are diverted to fuel any attempt by the federal government to carry out mass deportations and that our schools, our hospitals, and our courthouses are safe spaces for... Read More