Archive for March, 2014

Letter of Support Needed for SB970 by April 1st To Severely Limit Use of Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

03-25-14ActionUpdate

Pass SB970

Please take a few minutes to send a letter of support in for SB 970 BY TUESDAY, APRIL 1ST in order to PREVENT AND SEVERELY LIMIT THE USE OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENT IN STATE AND COUNTY JUVENILE LOCK-UPS.

Directly below is a sample letter. 

Letters need to be faxed to Senator Loni Hancock (Chair of the Public Safety Committee) – (916) 651-4909, with a fax also going to the bill’s author Senator Leland Yee –  916-651-4908.  Let us know when your letter goes in, so we can make sure it is registered as support by the committee.

Thank you!!!

Please print on your organization’s letterhead.

[DATE]

Senator Loni Hancock, Chair
Senate Public Safety Committee
Room 2031, State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814
By fax: (916) 651-4909
Phone to Confirm: (916) 651-4009

Dear Senator Hancock:

On behalf of [NAME OF ORGANIZATION], I am writing to indicate our strong support for SB 970 (Yee), a bill that would limit the harmful practice of solitary confinement against youth in the juvenile justice system. [PROVIDE A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR ORGANIZATION].

SB 970 seeks to remedy current deficiencies in law regarding the use of solitary confinement in juvenile facilities and to curb …

Tuesday, March 25th: AB1756 Will be Heard in Assembly Public Safety

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

03-23-14ActionUpdate

AB1756SealingRecords

Please push the California State Legislature to pass AB 1756 and eliminate the fees charged by some counties to have youth records sealed.

1. ATTEND THE HEARING, TUESDAY (3/25/14) AT 9AM, IN ROOM 126, STATE CAPITOL:
If you are in Sacramento on Tuesday, March 25th, please attend the Assembly Public Safety Committee hearing and voice your support for AB 1756 in order to eliminate the fees for youth to have their records sealed.

2. CALL THE MEMBERS OF THE ASSEMBLY PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE AND URGE THEM TO VOTE YES ON THE BILL:
Say, “Hi.  This is ______________, from (name your organization), and I am calling to urge the Assembly Member to vote yes on AB 1756 when it comes up in tomorrow’s Assembly Public Safety Committee hearing.  This bill will eliminate the fees to have juvenile records sealed and give all youth a chance to start over strong.

The Committee Members can be reached at:

Chair, Assembly Member Tom Ammiano
Room 3146, Sacramento, CA 94249-0017; (916) 319-2017

Vice Chair, Assembly Member Melissa Melendez
Room 4009, Sacramento, CA 94249-0067; (916) 319-2067

Assembly Member Reginald B. Jones-Sawyer
Room 4164, Sacramento, CA 94249-0059; (916) 319-2059

Assembly Member Bill Quirk
Room 2175, Sacramento, CA …

South LA Premiere of HBO and Sundance Documentary – Gideon’s Army

Monday, March 17th, 2014

gideons army flyer

GIDEON’S ARMY follows the personal stories of Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander and June Hardwick, three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. Backed by mentor Jonathan “Rap” Rapping, a charismatic leader who heads the Southern Public Defender Training Center (now known as Gideon’s Promise) they struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads so common that even the most committed often give up in their first year. Nearly 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon vs. Wainwright that established the right to counsel, can these courageous lawyers revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and make “justice for all” a reality?