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.

 

Immigrant Rights

Immigrants’ Rights in Trump’s America: Know Them

Donald Trump's campaign promises and his victory last week have created deep anxiety among immigrants and our allies in California. Within the ACLU of California, many of us feel directly and personally affected by... Read More

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SDACLU November 2016 Voter Guide

There's a lot at stake in this election. Besides electing our future leaders, Californians will vote on statewide initiatives that will strongly impact our civil liberties and civil rights.  While the American... Read More

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Making Things More Fair in CA, One Bill at a Time

[caption id="attachment_14302" align="alignnone" width="640"] ACLU of California on Conference and Lobby Day[/caption] OUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS California now has some of the strongest protections against policing... Read More

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Gov. Brown Signs Historic Bill to Rein in Asset Forfeiture Abuse, Paving Way for Other States

SACRAMENTO—Today, Governor Brown signed a groundbreaking bill to limit civil asset forfeiture abuse in California, marking a significant victory for the larger asset forfeiture reform movement underway throughout the... Read More

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New Developments in the Death of Fridoon Nehad

SAN DIEGO - This week, Voice of San Diego released a sworn deposition by San Diego Police Department Officer Neal Browder, taken during a civil wrongful death case filed by Fridoon Nehad’s family. This release... Read More