Final Push to Pass Vital Criminal Justice Reforms

Start: Monday, September 17, 201811:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada) (GMT-08:00)

End: Friday, September 21, 2018 2:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) (GMT-08:00)


September is the final chance to pass vital criminal justice reform bills in the California Legislature as Governor Jerry Brown decides whether to sign them into law. SURJ and our partner organizations NEED YOUR HELP to call Jerry Brown and urge him to SIGN THESE BILLS.

Join SURJ Bay Area for a statewide week of action September 17th-21st, in which we devote our lunch-times/commit to making calls to the Governor every day -- we’ll provide the scripts, you provide the calls!

Sign up to this event and we will send you an email each morning (during this week of action) with contact info and a call script. The calls only take a few minutes and really make a difference (we've heard it from our partners and legislative staffers alike).

For more information on the bills that we will be supporting, please read the descriptions below:


SB 1391: This bill would stop the transfer of a minor from juvenile court to a court of criminal jurisdiction in a case in which a minor is alleged to have committed a specified serious offense when they were 14 or 15 years of age. As a result, this bill prohibits children age 14 and 15 from being tried as adults in criminal court and being sentenced to time in adult prison.

SB 1393 : The “Fair & Just Sentencing Act” gives judicial discretion on the application of a 5 year sentence enhancement for prior serious felonies (also known as “nickel priors”). Current law applies this 5 year sentence enhancement automatically regardless of whether a judge deems it fair or appropriate to the case.

SB 1421: This bill restores public access to basic information about confirmed cases of police officer misconduct and serious uses of force, making police actions more transparent. In particular, it will (1) restore Californians’ rights to access records of confirmed cases of sexual assault or serious job-related dishonesty (e.g. perjury, providing false statements, planting/destroying evidence) and (2) restore Californians’ rights to access all records of police shootings, discharge of a taser, and use of force that results in serious bodily injury or death.

SB 1437: Under California’s felony murder rule, a person is criminally liable for any death that occurs as a result of a felony (most often robberies and burglaries) if they participate in any portion of that felony (including preparation, driving the car, etc). This means that any person deemed an accomplice can be charged with first degree murder, even if they were unaware that a killing would take place, or if that death was unintentional, accidental, or unforeseen. This law would amend the felony murder rule, so it no longer applies to “accomplices” and force prosecutors to prove intent. It would be retroactively applied, meaning that people previously sentenced under this rule can apply to be resentenced.

AB 2138: This bill would afford persons with criminal convictions the ability to apply for and receive hundreds of different kinds of professional licenses and certificates, including nursing, pest control, and barbering, just to name a few. In particular, it limits a regulatory board’s discretion to deny a new license application or suspend/revoke an existing license to cases where the applicant or licensee was formally convicted of a substantially related crime or subjected to formal discipline by a licensing board, with offenses older than five years no longer eligible for license denial or suspension or revocation with the exception of violent felonies, as currently established in statute.

AB 3131: This bill seeks to enhance transparency and accountability around the acquisition of military equipment by law enforcement agencies. It would require law enforcement to get approval from their local governing body (i.e., city council, board of supervisors, etc.) prior to acquiring military equipment to use in our communities.
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