Blog of Rights


The ACLU's 12-Step Plan to End California's Addiction to Incarceration

By Allen Hopper, ACLU of Northern California at 11:01am
The Golden State has a problem. An addiction problem. California is addicted to incarceration. We've hit rock bottom, and it's time for an intervention. To help the state break the addiction, yesterday the ACLU of California sent a 12-step plan to every county in the state, as part of a larger ACLU comprehensive public safety realignment report. The report urges a fundamental shift in criminal justice policies toward smart on crime alternatives to incarceration.

California Sentencing Reform Should Allow the Time to Fit the Crime

By Allen Hopper, ACLU of Northern California at 5:24pm

The revised California budget is out, and sentencing reform is, well, left out. In his revised budget Gov. Jerry Brown recommitted to his criminal justice realignment plan, but didn't include any sentencing reforms that would help ensure that the plan…

Prop. 19 Was Only the Beginning

By Allen Hopper, ACLU of Northern California at 11:12am

California voters came out in droves to support Proposition 19 this November. More than 4.1 million people voted for Prop. 19 — the California proposition that would have allowed adults 21 and older to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana…

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