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

The District Attorney of Yolo County in late December 2004 sought a permanent injunction against the Broderick Boys “gang,” attempting to place on permanent probation, without any trial or due process, hundreds of residents of a predominantly Latino... Read more
police car
Jerry Miller
Wrongful Conviction in California
In California, more than 200 people have been wrongfully convicted of murder, rape, or other serious offenses since 1989; Across the country, 123 people have been exonerated and released from death row since 1973.; The average time spent in prison... Read more »