California Supreme Court Shrinks Role of Cash Bail in Jailings
3/25/21: The Supreme Court of California ruled judges must consider an arrestee's ability to pay bail. Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar wrote in the opinion, "The common practice of conditioning freedom solely on whether an arrestee can afford bail is unconstitutional." Judges will decide what "affordable" bail is and assess the risk a defendant poses to the public. The court decision does not abolish cash-bail altogether.
AB 2542 - The California Racial Justice Act | September 30, 2020
Governor Newsom approved Ash Kalra’s (D-San Jose) AB 2542, which prohibits discrimination based on race and ethnicity in the state’s justice system. The Act amends the penal code, making it possible for a person charged or convicted of a crime to challenge racial bias through evidence of biased judges, attorneys, language, jury selection, and sentencing disparities.
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We are deeply grieved by the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, only a few of the violent acts that target and cause significant damage to the African-American community and communities of color. The Presley Center stands with the community to seek justice for victims of police brutality and misconduct, as well as victims of racial bias and hate crimes. It is up to all of us to acknowledge such disparities and injustices and work toward their end. The criminal justice system, responsible for protecting all citizens, needs to do better and those who carry out such acts must be held accountable. We support the peaceful and legitimate protests that call for these reforms and justice. As a research center, we hope our evidence-based research efforts can provide even the smallest contribution to help eradicate inequities within the criminal justice system and promote equal treatment and justice for all. We share your sorrow and anger, and are committed to listening and being part of this important conversation.
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Presley Center News and Updates
• Awarded a contract with the California Workforce Development Board to evaluate the efficacy of the Prison to Employment (P2E) statewide initiative.
• Welcomed three new student interns for 2020-2021: Arleth Flores Aparicio, Sam Habibi, and Lennin Kuri.
• Received a grant from The John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation to study hiring and employment opportunities for the formerly incarcerated in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
• Awarded three scholarships to justice-impacted students at UCR