As the courts have become increasingly political, we cannot always rely on them to advance or protect our civil liberties. Therefore, the role of our legislative program has become even more vital. A strong presence in Sacramento through our ACLU of California Center for Advocacy and Policy (CAP) enables us to stop or amend laws and policies hostile to civil liberties before it becomes necessary to convince a court to rule a statute unconstitutional.

Our CAP team lobbies the legislature, analyzes proposed legislation, drafts and presents testimony, contacts legislative offices, and stimulates grassroots contact with legislators.

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California Values Act (SB 54)

SB 54 ensures that no state or local resources are diverted to fuel any attempt by the federal government to carry out mass deportations and that our schools, our hospitals, and our courthouses are safe spaces for everyone in our community.

July 11, 2017 Immigrants' Rights

Due Process For All Act

Senate Bill 6 (D-Hueso) gives immigrants facing deportation a shot at a fair immigration court hearing by ensuring they have qualified immigration attorneys to represent them.

December 6, 2016 Immigrants' Rights

AB 3

Assembly Bill 3 (D-Bonta) provides public defenders with the necessary resources and training to adequately advise their clients about their cases’ possible immigration consequences. 

December 5, 2016 Immigrants' Rights

CA Money Bail Reform Act of 2017

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.

December 5, 2016 Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Reform

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