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.



ACLU to Jeff Sessions: Repeating The Failed War on Drugs Experiment Is Taking the Nation Back by Decades

NEW YORK —Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed the criminal justice policy by former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. that instructed prosecutors to avoid charging certain defendants with drug offenses that... Read More

How insurance corporations have taken over our bail system.

Nationwide Report: Insurance Corporations Created Exploitative $2 Billion Bail Industry

SACRAMENTO–Today, Color Of Change and the American Civil Liberties Union’s Campaign for Smart Justice released a scathing national report exposing insurance corporations’ hand in creating an unnecessary and... Read More

ACLU Conference & Lobby Day attendees making their voices heard at the State Capitol
Immigrant Rights

ACLU Rallies for Freedom and Justice for All at State Capitol

SACRAMENTO–Today, the ACLU of California hosted its annual rally and lobby day to promote legislation that will reform California’s unfair money bail system, protect immigrants from mass deportations, and stop... Read More


In California, We the People Can Protect Our Values and Each Other

By Becca CramerCalifornia is known for being a leader in protecting the rights of LGBTQ people, women, people of color, immigrants, and other marginalized communities. And while we already have great laws in place,... Read More

Immigrant Rights

ACLU Statement on the California Chief Justice’s Demand that Immigrant Agents Steer Clear of Courts

Please attribute the following statement to Jennie Pasquarella, director of immigrants' rights for the ACLU of California, following the request by the California Supreme Court chief justice to the Trump administration... Read More