Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Reform

Support the ACLU's work to reform destructive criminal justice and drug policies.

Key Terms

LWOP = "Life in prison without parole"

The ACLU of California works to advance criminal justice and drug policy reforms at the local and state levels designed to reduce over-incarceration and implement evidence-based criminal justice practices.

Rights guaranteed to criminal suspects, defendants, offenders and prisoners are fundamental rights that protect all Americans from governmental abuse of power. These rights, found in the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments, include the guarantee against unreasonable search and seizure, the right to reasonable bail, the right to due process of law and the right to be free from cruel and unusual treatment.

The ACLU is a resource on implementation of Public Safety Realignment AB 109, the new law placing responsibility for low-level, non-violent offenders with the counties rather than the state prison system. Realignment is designed to encourage counties to adopt forward-thinking policies that look to alternatives to incarceration as much as possible.

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The ACLU of Southern California Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Reform Team

  • Elvia Meza
  • Clarissa Woo Hermosillo
  • Miguel Cruz
  • Lucero Chavez
  • Peter Eliasberg
  • Esther Lim
  • Jessica Price