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 Responds to President Trump’s Comments to Police

WASHINGTON, DC — President Trump addressed a group of law enforcement officers in Brentwood, New York, today and endorsed the use of force against people police suspect of criminal activity.Jeffery... Read More

Board of Supervisors May have hand-picked Dumanis’ successor and undermined the process that enables San Diego voters to elect a district attorney of their preference.

Board of Supervisors Appointment of Interim District Attorney is an Affront to the Democratic Process

SAN DIEGO – Today, San Diego County Board of Supervisors appointed Chief Deputy District Attorney Summer Stephan as interim San Diego County District Attorney. Ms. Stephan will serve as the region’s chief law... Read More


Advocates Vow to Double Down on Efforts to Reform California’s Money Bail System

SACRAMENTO—Last night, the California Assembly failed to approve AB 42 (Bonta), a bill to reform California’s money bail system, after continued pressure from the for-profit bail industry. The defeat came on the... Read More


California Senate Approves Bail Reform Legislation

SACRAMENTO—Today, the California Senate approved SB 10, a bill to reform and modernize California’s money bail system, on a bipartisan 25-11 vote. The bill was introduced by Senator Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) in... Read More


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