ACLU Social Justice Conference 2012 by Laura Saponara

Criminal Justice and Drug Policy

The ACLU advocates for a criminal justice system that fosters public safety by reducing over-incarceration and recidivism. We work to ensure that constitutional rights apply to all, regardless of race, ethnicity or economics. We also challenge broken death penalty systems, confront illegal police practices, and advocate for drug policy reform.

know your rights with the police

What are your rights with the police? Read More

Michael Scott

Victory: Voting rights restored for 42,000 Californians. Read More

Nate Clark by Gigi Pandian

Oakland students and the impact of racial disparities in arrests. Read More

Lily Haskell photo by Vanessa Huang

Federal lawsuit challenging DNA collection at arrest. Read More

ACLU activists
San Quentin
who's next flickr / nefer
Last night, the people of Oakland took a significant step in reclaiming ownership of their neighborhoods and protecting the community from secret and invasive police surveillance with the passage of a landmark surveillance ordinance by the City... Read more
No on Prop H - San Francisco
Plaintiff James "Faygo" Clark sits by a Sacramento street corner with a sign and his dog.
Client Faygo Clark with his sign
Marcher with Demand Police Transparency sign
person being pulled over by the police via Shutterstock
Police officers