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Coalition Hails Governor For Signing Historic Juvenile Justice Reform Bill, And Calls For An Immediate End To All Juvenile Fee Assessments And Collections

Thursday, October 12, 2017 | ,

SACRAMENTO—Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 190, a major, bipartisan juvenile justice reform bill that will improve youth rehabilitation and increase public safety. Effective January 1, 2018, SB 190 ends the harmful, unlawful and costly practice of charging administrative fees to families with youth in the juvenile system.

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Too Broke to Drive

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 |

States have trapped millions of Americans in crippling debt by taking away their driver’s licenses. Can the damage be undone?[…]“As the amount of uncollected court debt increases and more driver’s licenses are suspended, everybody loses. The state Legislature loses, the counties lose, employers lose, our clients lose the most,” Theresa Zhen, who works at the East Bay Community Law Center in Oakland, California, told me before the state’s bill passed.

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East Bay Community Law Center Urges University of California Police Department to Open an Independent Investigation into the Prior Misconduct of Officer Sean Aranas

Friday, September 22, 2017 |

BERKELEY, CA – On September 21, 2017, the East Bay Community Law Center sent an open letter to the University of California Police Department (UCPD) Chief of Police urging that the internal investigation into UCPD Officer Sean Aranas’s conduct during the citation of a hot dog vendor on September 9th be broadened to cover the allegations summarized in the petition and additional complaints about Ofc. Aranas’s misconduct towards community members and students.

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Read EBCLC’s Open Letter Urging the University of California Police Department to Open an Independent Investigation into the Prior Misconduct of Officer Sean Aranas

Friday, September 22, 2017 |

Dear Chief Bennett,

I am writing as the Executive Director of the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), to add our voice to those in the community who are expressing grave concerns about the decades of abuse and discriminatory enforcement inflicted on students and some of the most vulnerable people in our community by University of California Police Department (UCPD) Officer Sean Aranas.

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Formerly homeless Army vet launches software for rating police after his partner was killed by a cop

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 |

Raheem.ai anonymizes all the data it collects so users can be as candid as they like without fear of retaliation. The start-up plans to publish quarterly reports showing where police are working well or failing communities across the U.S. […] The company launched the chatbot in 2017 and is currently testing it out with the East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley, California, and police departments in cities that Anderson did not yet have permission to name.

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