What We Do
California is known for its commitment to equity and fairness. In opposition to these values, existing laws and practices within the criminal legal system continue to harm people of color and low-income communities. Our aim is to reduce the harm of the criminal legal system while also shrinking its reach and negative impact on individuals and families. Our current focus is to eliminate the harmful administrative and other criminal justice fees placed on people who have served their sentence, entangling them in a spiral of debt and creating massive barriers as they strive to move forward with their lives.
With a strong racial justice framework, our work is both data-driven and rooted in the voices and perspectives of those directly impacted. Our work includes conducting research, policy advocacy, and narrative change to mobilize the public and politicians to pass transformative legislation for people of color and low-income communities.
East Bay Community Law Center and ACLU of Southern California
ACLU of Northern California
ACLU of Southern California
Community Housing Partnership
East Bay Community Law Center
Insight Center for Community Economic Development
The broader coalition is comprised of dozens of organizations throughout the state of California.