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Thursday, April 2, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
To alleviate crowding during pandemic, Monterey County Jail issues temporary rules for inmate releas »
“If you got arrested today, instead of getting to court on Thursday, you might have to wait until next Monday,” says defen...
Thursday, April 2, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Chief justice’s sweeping new orders on criminal cases could do more harm than good, critics say »
“About the worst place you can be in a ... pandemic is locked up in a jail or prison,” said Stephen Munkelt, executive dir...
Tuesday, March 31, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Fresno County jail releasing inmates, creating quarantine space to prepare for coronavirus »
"Social distancing can be maintained in the course of preliminary hearings and arraignment, if necessary," said Fresno-bas...
Thursday, March 19, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
LA Daily Journal: The Lag is Real »
CACJ Past President Jacqueline Goodman chastises Chief Justice and courts for failure to respond to the dangers of the glo...
Monday, March 16, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
California Chief Justice Issues Guidance to Expedite Court Emergency Orders »
California Chief Justice Issues Guidance to Expedite Court Emergency Orders California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sak...
Sunday, March 15, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
An Urgent Address to Criminal Defense Lawyers from CACJ President Eric Schweitzer »
An Urgent Address to Criminal Defense Lawyers from CACJ President Eric Schweitzer COVID-19 is inflictin...
Tuesday, February 11, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Quarantine shrinking, inmates coming to court despite mumps in jail »
Fresno County jail is holding inmates under quarantine for a mumps outbreak and potentially violating the accused’s right...
Tuesday, January 28, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Nevada City defense attorney named director of state association »
CACJ's Executive Director Stephen Munkelt celebrates 6 months in his new position, and already has several successes; incl...
Thursday, January 9, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Congratulations to Mary McComb on her Reappointment as State Public Defender »
Long time CACJ member Mary McComb has been reappointed state public defender in the Office of the State Public Defender. M...
Wednesday, December 18, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
9th Circuit reverses death sentence for ineffective assistance in penalty phase on Habeas petition »
9 th Circuit reverses death sentence for ineffective assistance in penalty phase on Habeas petition by CACJ member Mich...
Thursday, November 14, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
Who they are, what they did, and why some are still working »
The Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley found over 12,000 [California] law officers are “convicted criminals, w...
Monday, November 4, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
These Machines Can Put You in Jail. Don’t Trust Them. »
Alcohol breath tests are often unreliable. These tests "generate skewed results" because "in many cases they haven't been...
Tuesday, October 22, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
Criminal justice reform targets court fines, fees »
Executive Director Stephen Munkelt was quoted in the San Diego Union Tribune today regarding legislation to address the ne...
Thursday, July 26, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Press Release: Stop ICE Raids in Fresno County Courthouse »
The California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ), a statewide association of criminal defense attorneys in private pra...
Friday, February 23, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
CACJ and Exonerated Nation Met in January to Discuss the Unique Needs of Exonerees After Being Relea »
The CACJ Co-Hosted event with Exonerated Nation met with Legislators and staff in January to discuss the lack of resources...
Wednesday, February 14, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
L.A. County Attorneys who Represent Indigent Clients in Criminal Court Protest Their New Boss »
After the L.A. Board of Supervisors controversial appointment of Nicole Davis Tinkham as interim public defender, L.A. Cou...
Wednesday, January 24, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Pro-Trump Television Ad Tries to Turn Americans Against Latinos »
The California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ) issues the following statement regarding the recent ad issued by the...
Friday, December 22, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
2016 President Matthew Guerrero has been Appointed to a Judgeship »
CACJ is honored to announce that our 2016 President Matthew Guerrero has been appointed to a judgeship in the San Luis Obi...
Thursday, August 31, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Supreme Court Decision Largely Upholds the Death Penalty Acceleration Law »
The California Supreme Court released its decision to largely uphold Proposition 66, which intends to expedite and restric...
Thursday, August 24, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Breaking News: Briggs v. Brown Opinion Released »
California Supreme Court released Briggs opinion regarding Prop 66. Read the opinion here .
Monday, June 5, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
CA Supreme Court Overturns Convictions Due to Racial Bias »
A decision last Thursday by the CA Supreme Court found that racial bias in a 2011 ruling, involving prosecution’s removal...
Tuesday, April 18, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
CACJ Opposed Tough on Crime Bills Fail Passage »
The Senate Public Safety Committee voted against two of Senator Pat Bates’ bills, one of which, SB 75 , looked to expan...
Tuesday, March 28, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
CACJ Supports Modernizing Outdated and Discriminatory HIV Criminal Laws »
In Assembly and Senate Public Safety committee hearings, several CACJ supported bills passed out of committee. One particu...
Friday, March 10, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Proposed Bill would take DNA from Misdemeanor Suspects »
Proposed bill AB 16 looks to reintroduce a failed bill that will extend DNA testing to some misdemeanors. Currently, polic...
Friday, January 13, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
CACJ Responded to the California Department of State Hospital Proposal »
CACJ Responded to the California Department of State Hospitals' proposed regulation to shift greater emphasis on jail and...
Monday, November 21, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
SF Chronicle: We don’t want to jail people for being poor »
In an opinion article in the SF Chronicle, Scott Sugarman, a past president of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice,...
Wednesday, November 2, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
CACJ long time Legislative Committee member Eric Schweitzer comments to ABC 30 on Prop 57 »
The “Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016”, backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, that would reduce the prison population by...
Thursday, August 11, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
CACJ's bill on prosecutorial misconduct featured in the OC Register »
In a recent OC Register article, “Prosecutors who falsify or withhold evidence could become felons under proposed state le...
Saturday, June 4, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
CACJ Board President Matthew Guerrero quoted in the The Bakersfield Californian »
Matt Guerrero comments on scandal in Kern County involving two detectives involved in corruption and who have pleaded guil...
Wednesday, May 11, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Funding for “Answering Gideon’s Call” initiative in 2017 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Age »
CACJ, along with numerous other defense associations, signed a Letter requesting the Justice Department grant funding for...
Wednesday, March 16, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
CACJ congratulates our Executive Board Member, Jacqueline Goodman, on her feature in OC Weekly »
When honoring her in 2012 with CACJ’s Skip Glen Award, Jacquie was described as, "proudly standing beside the unpopular, t...
Tuesday, March 15, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Statement from CACJ's President Matthew Guerrero and Secretary Jacqueline Goodman on the Investigati »
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ) believes that the public courthouse is a sacred place where prosecutors a...
Friday, March 11, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
CACJ calls for transparency and accountability in assault investigation »
James Crawford, a criminal defense attorney and member of CACJ, was attacked in the courthouse after exchanging words with...
Monday, November 2, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
President Obama Speaks out on Need for Criminal Justice Reform »
CACJ has been at the forefront of pushing for change in policies. This year we rolled back statutes on felony drug transpo...
Monday, October 19, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Decision by federal judge in SF protects medical marijuana dispensary operating in compliance with C »
"Congressional action prohibits federal drug enforcers from shutting medical marijuana dispensaries that comply with state...

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