Reports

ECONOMIC INJUSTICE

Stopped, Fined, Arrested – Racial Bias in Policing and Traffic Courts in California (2016) California has dramatic racial disparities in driver’s license suspensions and arrests related to unpaid traffic fines and fees, effectively creating modern debtor’s prisons. The report confirms what communities and advocates have been saying for years: people of color and poor people are disproportionately affected by police stops, driver’s license suspensions, and related arrests.

Not Just a Ferguson Problem – How Traffic Courts Drive Inequality in California 2015)
Over four million Californians are without a valid driver’s license, not because they pose a risk to public safety, but because they are trapped in a spiral of court fines and fees they cannot afford to pay.

Ban the Box in Employment: A Grassroots History (2016)
First in a series of upcoming reports on “Ban the Box” – the civil rights campaign to remove barriers to employment, housing, education, & voting for formerly incarcerated people.

FAMILY MATTERS

No More Shackles: A report on the written policies of California’s counties under the new law that limits the use of restraints on pregnant prisoners – February 2014 – New California Penal Code 3407 prohibits shackling of pregnant women with leg irons, waist chains, and handcuffs behind the bank. This report documents the extent to which counties have written policies to comply with this law, and sets forth recommendations for additional legislation, regulation, and research.

A Cage Within a Cage: A Report on Indeterminate Security Housing Unit (SHU) Confinement and Conditions – June 2012 
A report based on a survey entitled “Indeterminate SHU Confinement Questionnaire” which was sent out to SHU prisoners at both Pelican Bay and Corcoran State Prisons in March 2011. The survey included questions about the prisoners, their families and the conditions in which they reside. The report was updated in June 2012 and submitted to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights Hearing on June 19, 2012, entitled “Reassessing Solitary Confinement: The Human Rights, Fiscal, and Public Safety Consequences.”

California’s Mother-Infant Prison Programs: An Investigation
California’s mother-infant prison programs offer an alternative to the separation of mothers and children upon the mother’s incarceration. This report reviews program features and identifies areas for improvement.

Stop Shackling: A report on the written polices of California’s counties on the use of restraints on pregnant prisoners in labor
California Penal Code prohibits the shackling of pregnant prisoners in labor, during childbirth and during recovery from childbirth. This report documents the extent to which counties have written policies on the shackling of prisoners in labor, and sets forth recommendations for additional legislation, regulation and research.

PRISON CONDITIONS

A Cage Within a Cage: A Report on Indeterminate Security Housing Unit (SHU) Confinement and Conditions – June 2012 
A report based on a survey entitled “Indeterminate SHU Confinement Questionnaire” which was sent out to SHU prisoners at both Pelican Bay and Corcoran State Prisons in March 2011. The survey included questions about the prisoners, their families and the conditions in which they reside. The report was updated in June 2012 and submitted to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights Hearing on June 19, 2012, entitled “Reassessing Solitary Confinement: The Human Rights, Fiscal, and Public Safety Consequences.”