In a unanimous decision, the California Supreme Court ruled that California’s pervasive practice of requiring money bail in most cases is unconstitutional in In re Kenneth Humphrey. Thanks to Mr. Humphrey – the petitioner in this case – and his courage to stand up to this unconstitutional system, thousands of people will be free from pretrial incarceration. This is a pivotal moment for expanding racial justice and ending mass incarceration, not only in California but across the United States. Each night in our country, more than 500,000 people – mostly Black and Latinx – are caged in cells awaiting trial only because they are poor. This California Supreme Court ruling is one step closer to bringing this number to 0. Many thanks to Mr. Humphrey, our partners at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office and Silicon Valley De-Bug.More
Civil Rights Corps (CRC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to challenging systemic injustice in the United States’ legal system- a system that is built on white supremacy and economic inequality.
We work to shift power to community-led movements, particularly those led by Black and Brown people who are most affected by this legal system, so they can build sufficient power to create structural change.
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