ACLU and Partners Launch Community Justice Platform, Put DAs Across California “On Notice”

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

ACLU Northern California  

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Primary Media Contact: Yoel Y. Haile (415) 621-2493, x309

SAN FRANCISCO—The ACLU Foundations of California, with invaluable contributions from the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL), Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), partners from the labor movement and others, today launched the Community Justice Platform.

“This tool is the first of its kind in the United States,” said Yoel Haile, who leads the Meet Your DA project at the ACLU Foundations of California. “District Attorneys do much more than prosecute crimes like we see on television shows. It’s their duty to work with community members and pursue justice for everyone. This platform provides community driven and concrete policy demands to tell California DAs exactly what we want them to do to end mass incarceration and racial disparities, and for justice.”

The platform was designed as a simple roadmap to criminal justice policy for everyday people. The tool highlights the power, scope of responsibilities, and full accountability of the 58 local District Attorneys (DAs) that serve residents in California’s 58 counties.

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