Right now, California requires that incarcerated people pay a $5 copay when they seek medical or dental care. A $5 copay is unaffordable for many incarcerated people. As a result, some people wait to seek care until it is an emergency, which puts their health and the health of others at risk.
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.