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Tuesday, June 30, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
COVID IN PRISONS AND JAILS: CACJ Policy Recommendations »
COVID IN PRISONS AND JAILS: CACJ Policy Recommendations   COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on prisons acro...
Friday, June 26, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Rise up Defenders of Justice! »
Rise up Defenders of Justice! by Allison Williams Assistant Public Defender in Sacramento’s Public Defender...
Thursday, June 11, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
How to diversify juries: change rules on peremptory challenges »
Brendan Woods, Chief Public Defender in Alameda County, published an op-ed in the SF Chronicle, arguing that CACJ-sponsore...
Thursday, June 4, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Police Use of Force, Training, and a Way Forward After the Death of George Floyd »
"Ron Tyler, professor of law and director of Stanford Law’s Criminal Defense Clinic, and Suzanne Luban, clinical supervisi...
Wednesday, June 3, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Justice commission, civilian review board authority part of criminal justice reform act proposed to »
"The nonprofit organization California Attorneys for Criminal Justice [CACJ] has created a package of recommendations fo...
Tuesday, June 2, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Death of George Floyd brings debate on qualified immunity for police misconduct »
The police almost always escape civil liability and damages when they kill or injure or otherwise violate civil rights peo...
Friday, May 29, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
LA Times: Los Angeles County public defender dies from COVID-19 »
"A Los Angeles County deputy public defender died earlier this week, just a few days after testing positive for COVID-19,...
Monday, April 27, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Coronavirus: ACLU sues state, seeks to halt ICE transfers and reduce jail populations »
Coronavirus: ACLU sues state, seeks to halt ICE transfers and reduce jail populations "In California, the ICE lawsuit w...
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...
Monday, March 5, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
CACJ Honors our Founder, George Porter »
In 1973 George Porter, tired of seeing the needs of criminal defense lawyers ignored, wrote a letter to the criminal defen...
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,...

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