Reimagining Community Safety: Sacramento County

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This joint report from ACLU NorCal and Catalyst California (formerly Advancement Project California) highlights strategies Sacramento County leaders should make to improve community safety and reduce systemic racial inequity in the criminal legal system. An analysis of 2019 data collected under California’s Racial and Identity Profiling Act (RIPA) found that the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office disproportionately stops Black people for traffic violations.

Furthermore, the data reveal that when sheriff’s deputies made traffic stops, they spent significant time enforcing non-safety related violations—such as a broken taillight or expired registration—that pose little risk to community safety. Police often use such stops as a “pretext” to look for evidence of criminal activity when they don’t have reasonable suspicion a crime has been committed or probable cause for a search.

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