gavel with money

Economic Justice

The ACLU works to defend economically disadvantaged people and fights income-based discrimination in the criminal justice and public benefits systems, and in housing and employment. Economic justice is a civil right.

Judge banging gavel on a pile of money.

Victory: California Chief Justice ends "bail for trial... Read more

Daniel Lawrence

Fighting for homeless rights in Tulare. Read more

Homeless people's stuff being destroyed in Fresno

Class action settlement for hundreds of Fresno's homeless... Read more

We are the 99% lawn sign.

Would you pay a hefty fee to communicate with neighbors? Read more

cars in a line of traffic on an urban road
On any given day, over 60 percent of people in jail in California are awaiting trial or sentencing, and many remain detained simply because they cannot afford to post money bail. The results can be devastating. Individuals who spend even a few days... Read more »
Bail Trap
end money bail
gavel over money
Every year in California, thousands and thousands of people are jailed while they await their trial simply because they can’t afford to post bail. In a state where the median bail amount is $50,000, it’s no surprise that many people simply can’t afford to buy their freedom in this broken system. AB... Read more »
bail reform now
ACLU members rally at the CA State Capitol 2017
end money bail
shutterstock photo - bail bonds
A group of 13 people stands outside the hearing room of the State Water Resources Control Board, ready to provide public comment on the contaminant 1,2,3-TCP
File Under :  
“On behalf of myself and my 17-year-old daughter that I’m raising and my mother, who recently passed away – we’ve been drinking contaminated water for some time now. I live on a fixed budget. I don’t make more than $600 a month, and I pay out about... Read more »