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Schools for all campaign
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Schools For All Campaign: The School Bias and Pushout Problem

Nov 01, 2008
This report is a distillation of a roundtable discussion, which focused on the nature of the problem of school bias and pushout, how vulnerable youth populations intersect with one another, and the need to address these very complex and overlapping issues in a manner that is respectful of all students served by our education system. The report concludes with a discussion of various approaches that... Read More
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Fact Sheet on Wrongful Convictions in CA

Dec 01, 2006
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 by persons who were sentenced to death and later found to be wrongfully convicted is nine years.; There are approximately 650 current death row inmates ... Read More
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Racial and Geographic Disparities in California’s Death Penalty

Dec 01, 2006
The Radelet-Pierce is the first state-wide study of the role of race, ethnicity and geography in death sentencing in California. The authors reviewed all homicides that occurred in California from 1990-99, using records from the FBI and Vital Statistics. During this period, 302 death sentences were returned (close to half the number of people currently on death row in California). The study finds ... Read More
You Have the Right To…Not Remain Silent
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You Have the Right To…Not Remain Silent

Nov 01, 2005
Knowledge of youth rights is an important tool for protecting yourself against abuses by police, school officials, and other adults. Youth have a lot of rights under state and federal laws. For instance, according to the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in 1969, “It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional right to freedom of speech or expression at th... Read More
death tax
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The Hidden Death Tax: The Secret Costs of Seeking Execution in California

Jan 01, 2009
"The Hidden Death Tax" is a comprehensive report on the costs of California’s death penalty, analyzing for the first time records of actual costs in California death penalty trials.  The report demonstrates that while California tax payers spend well over $100 million every year on the death penalty, it is unclear just how much money is being spent. At the post-conviction level, California taxp... Read More
Sex Education in California Public Schools: Are Students Learning What They Need To Know?
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Sex Education in California Public Schools: Are Students Learning What They Need To Know?

Aug 01, 2003
Despite recent improvements, California teenagers continue to have rates of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STI) that would be considered a crisis in many countries. In fact, teen birth rates for California are higher than those for every other Western democracy in the world.1 This raises the question of whether the state's public schools are adequately educating young pe... Read More
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Roadmap to Reform: Strengthening the Accountability Mechanisms of the San Francisco Police Department

Mar 12, 2003
The recent indictments of high-ranking officers in the San Francisco Police Department have brought into the spotlight both the Department as a whole and the mechanisms that exist for holding police accountable for misconduct. The media, elected officials, and members of the public have not only focused on the merits of the charges against the individual officers involved, but have begun to exa... Read More
a department in denial
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A Department in Denial: The San Francisco Police Department's Failure to Address Racial Profiling

Oct 07, 2002
Racial profiling by law enforcement has long plagued communities of color, yet until recently was virtually ignored by the media, courts, and public officials. In the last few years, the issue seized the attention of the public as never before, due in no small part to the data first released in New Jersey and Maryland showing extreme racial profiling problems within the state police departments... Read More
Caught in the Backlash: Stories from Northern California
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Caught in the Backlash: Stories from Northern California

Jul 01, 2002
The cataclysm of Sept. 11, 2001, shuddered across America like an earthquake, shocking our basic assumptions, jarring our complacency and rattling our view of the world. But if the attacks on New York and Washington DC were an earthquake, they carried with them a powerful aftershock – a backlash that continues to penetrate the lives of American citizens and immigrants across the nation. Read More