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Simental v. Ozuna

Pablo Simental, Jr. and three friends — all of whom were high school students — were walking towards the Wonderful College Prep Academy on their way to pick up prom passes when a police car pulled aside them as they walked.

May 18, 2020 Police Practices

California Attorneys for Criminal Justice v. Newsom

Conditions at ICE detention centers and county incarceration facilities — where bunk beds are commonly three-feet or less apart, bathrooms are shared by large groups, and individuals are forced to be inches from each other, sometimes in chains — make it impossible to maintain the social distancin

May 13, 2020 Immigrants' Rights