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California Law Enforcement Accountability and Community Justice Act of 2020 and Community Justice Ac

Thursday, June 4, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Press Release: Law Enforcement Accountability and Community Justice Act

Today the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ), the preeminent statewide association of criminal defense attorneys in private practice and working in public defender offices has announced a package of legislative proposals to address ongoing racial bias in law enforcement and the judicial system. Sacramento-based CACJ, which was founded more than 45 years ago, aims to increase oversight of law enforcement practices and to establish stronger accountability when there are allegations of police abuse. The proposals also include a measure to prevent the unfair exclusion of people of color from jury service.

“Our criminal justice system is plagued with racial bias, from disproportionate traffic stops and arrests of people of color, to juries lacking diversity, and police abuse going unpunished” stated Eric Schweitzer President of CACJ and an attorney in Fresno, California.

CACJ’s proposed California Law Enforcement Accountability and Community Justice Act of 2020 is designed to address many of the racially-based flaws in our criminal justice system that result in the over-incarceration of people of color.

“When our cops and our courts get it wrong we end up with a system the community can’t trust and overrepresentation of people of color in jail, for too long and often for things they didn’t do” added Allison Zuvela, Vice-President of CACJ and Chief Deputy Public Defender of Yolo County in Northern California.

Read the Press Release here

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