Criminal Justice bills passed in California
First, Assembly Bill 3070, supported by the League, would limit the removal of prospective jurors without cause, a change intended to prevent discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin or religious affiliation. This bill changes the process by shifting the burden of proof from the attorney objecting to the peremptory challenge to the attorney who removed the prospective juror.
Secondly, AB 2542, seeks to counter a 1987 U.S. Supreme Court decision that held defendants must prove intentional discrimination in arguing bias affected the legal process in their case. Under the bill, defendants would be allowed to file a motion in trial court or petition for a writ of habeas corpus, and attempt to vacate a conviction or sentence to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that an attorney, law enforcement officer, juror, judge or expert witness exhibited bias or used discriminatory language about their race, ethnicity or national origin. Defendants would also be allowed to show that they were charged or convicted of a more serious offense, or were given a more severe sentence than defendants of other races in similar circumstances, among other discriminatory actions. A defendant could also argue that jurors were eliminated based on discrimination in jury selection.
Voting Rights Tool Kit and more...
Most of the 82,000 people in California’s jails still have the right to vote, but without support it can be almost impossible for them to cast their votes while incarcerated. With this toolkit, you can help change that. This project is a collaboration between the League of Women Voters of California with other organization. Join this webinar to learn more on August 27, 2020.
The League on Black Lives Matter
The League of Women Voters of the United States issued a statement in reference to the death of George Floyd (complete statement.):
6/2/2020. LWVUS joined a letter with over 400 civil rights organizations calling on Congress to implement needed policing reforms. The letter urges congressional leadership to swiftly rectify the legacy of white supremacy and anti-black racism that has led to police violence against Black people across our country.
We call on Congress to adopt legislative measures to ensure that police officers live up to their oath to protect and serve.
Sacramento League Engagement
- Joint Press Release: LWVSC and Black Women Organized for Political Action 6/8/20
The League of Women Voters of the United States and of California have issued statements in alliance with the Black community and civil rights movement as our moral imperative and fundamentally tied to our mission of empowering voters and defending democracy.
- Board of Supervisors: Emergency Declaration 6/4/20 LWVSC letter
- City of Sacramento: Notice of Intent to Observe Police Review Commission Meetings 9/30/19 LWVSC Letter