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.

 

Criminal Justice and Drug Policy

Justice Never Sleeps… and Neither Do We (Kind of)

By: Natasha Minsker Updated October 3, 2018 California’s 2018 legislative session has ended, and we have some huge victories to celebrate! This year, California passed groundbreaking legislation to increase police... Read More

News

ACLU Applauds Advancement of California Bill to Prevent Wrongful Convictions

Contact: Daisy Vieyra, 916-442-1036 x613 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 30, 2018 SACRAMENTO–Today, the California Senate advanced legislation to require police throughout the state to adhere to evidence-based... Read More

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