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Will Matthews is the senior communications officer at the ACLU of Northern California, where he leads the strategic communications component of a statewide ACLU campaign to reform California’s criminal justice system. Previously he was the senior media relations associate at the ACLU’s national office in New York, where he primarily worked on the ACLU’s campaign to reduce over-incarceration. A graduate of Chapman University in Orange, Calif, and the recipient of the Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University, Matthews formerly was an award-winning investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

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CA Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom "Steps Up" for Marijuana Legalization

By Will Matthews, ACLU of Northern California at 12:34pm

If you missed the rousing speech delivered by California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom over the weekend at the state’s Democratic Party convention in Los Angeles, do yourself a favor and take 10 minutes to give it a watch.

The Incomplete Story Told by California’s Declining Juvenile Arrest Rates

The Incomplete Story Told by California’s Declining Juvenile Arrest Rates

By Will Matthews, ACLU of Northern California & Rebecca McCray, ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project at 2:20pm

A recent study from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) demonstrates that decriminalization of marijuana can actually improve our children’s futures while saving taxpayers billions of dollars.

In 2011, Senate Bill 1449…

ACLU in NYT: Commutations are Good, Addressing Systemic Injustice is Better

By Will Matthews, ACLU of Northern California at 1:19pm

Borrowed from the British monarchy and codified in the United States Constitution after lively debate at the Philadelphia Convention, the power of pardon and commutation was bestowed upon American presidents because of the recognition that injustices…

New York Times Highlights Urgent Need to Protect Immigration Detainees from Sexual Abuse

New York Times Highlights Urgent Need to Protect Immigration Detainees from Sexual Abuse

By Will Matthews, ACLU of Northern California at 2:57pm

It is critical the Obama administration ensures that the bipartisan Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) applies to immigration detention facilities.

ACLU Lens: North Carolina Repeals Historic Legislation Combating Racism in Death Penalty

By Will Matthews, ACLU of Northern California at 2:45pm

The North Carolina state Senate late Monday voted to repeal an historic 2009 law that would have helped ensure that death sentences handed down in the state were not the result of racial bias.

The Racial Justice Act allows death row prisoners…

ACLU Lens: Oregon Death Penalty Moratorium Latest Step Toward Abolition

ACLU Lens: Oregon Death Penalty Moratorium Latest Step Toward Abolition

By Will Matthews, ACLU of Northern California at 11:29am

Expressing regret that he allowed two executions to go forward 10 years ago, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber yesterday put a moratorium on the state's death penalty.

The Big Business of Inhumane Detention of Immigrants

The Big Business of Inhumane Detention of Immigrants

By Will Matthews, ACLU of Northern California at 5:13pm

The inhumane and abusive immigration detention system is good business for one particular special interest group — the private prison industry.

Immigration Detention: A Death Sentence for Far Too Many

Immigration Detention: A Death Sentence for Far Too Many

By Will Matthews, ACLU of Northern California at 2:35pm

Being needlessly detained should never turn into a death sentence.

Under ACLU Fire, Baca Running for Cover

Under ACLU Fire, Baca Running for Cover

By Will Matthews, ACLU of Northern California at 6:02pm

L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca has put together a task force to investigate allegations of abuse inside his jails. But an internal investigation is not enough.

ACLU Lens: Rachel Maddow Highlights ACLU Report on Abuse in Los Angeles Jails

ACLU Lens: Rachel Maddow Highlights ACLU Report on Abuse in Los Angeles Jails

By Will Matthews, ACLU of Northern California at 1:05pm

An ACLU report documents dozens of stories of brutal violence carried out by sheriff’s deputies against inmates at the Los Angeles County Jail.

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