Senate Bill 239 -- which would modernize California's HIV criminal laws and significantly improve public health -- has passed the legislature. Now it’s facing its biggest hurdle yet as it heads to Governor Brown’s desk.
That makes the coming weeks a crucial time to build support across the state for reforming California's broken bail system. One powerful way you can help build support and spark public conversation is by sending a letter to the editor in your local and regional newspapers.
Approximately 9,000 rape kits are sitting dormant in law enforcement offices all across California -- potentially never to be tested. Survivors of sexual assault endure a four- to six-hour process to collect the DNA of their attackers with no guarantee that the evidence will ever be tested or used to reach a conviction.
Forced into indentured servitude with threats to sign lease-to-own contracts or be fired, truckers spend over 100 hours a week trying to pay off their trucks. Sometimes at the end of a week they end up owing the company!
The state of California may be on the verge of executing an innocent man. There's overwhelming evidence that the San Bernadino Sheriff's Office tampered with/planted evidence, lied to a jury, and withheld crucial evidence from defense attorneys in order to pin a grisly 1983 murder on Kevin Cooper.
Under California’s broken, unfair money bail system, innocent people are regularly imprisoned for days at a time -- and sometimes even weeks or months -- just because they can’t afford to pay for bail.
The RISE Act -- one of the most consequential pieces of criminal justice reform legislation this year -- urgently needs more public support to guarantee its passage.
The RISE Act is one of the most consequential pieces of criminal justice reform legislation this year. The RISE Act would repeal a failed drug war policy that gives drug defendants three extra years in jail for each previous drug sale conviction.
California’s bail system is completely and utterly broken. Our state wastes more than $1.8 billion each year jailing people who are waiting for trial -- and ruins the lives of countless people who’ve been accused of a crime but can’t afford exorbitant bail amounts.
The Trump Administration’s policies are tearing California’s families apart. From immigration raids to travel bans to the border wall to hate crimes, the fear is unmistakable -- and it’s just the beginning.