We advocate for policies, budgets and administrative practices that prioritize what works for those most harmed and least helped.

Since our founding, we co-authored and co-led the successful Yes on Proposition 47 ballot initiative campaign in 2014 (c4), Yes on Proposition 57 ballot initiative campaign in 2016 (c4) and #BailReformCA legislative campaign in 2018.  These efforts sought to reduce incarceration and increase rehabilitation and investments into community prevention and treatment. We have also advocated for trauma recovery centers — growing them across California from just 1 to 12 across the state since we began — and dozens of other legislative reforms.

We focus our advocacy in the state Capitol on reducing unnecessary incarceration and expanding rehabilitation, expanding trauma recovery and victim services, and reducing the barriers people living with past convictions face.  

SB 10 (Asm. Bonta and Sen Hertzberg) – California Bail Reform

This bill significantly reduces the use of money bail and move to a system where community safety, not wealth, is the basis for determining pretrial release. Provide pretrial services to help get people back to court and comply with court-ordered conditions of release. SB 10 was approved by the Governor on August 28, 2018.

SB 1232 (Sen Bradford)- CAL Victims Compensation Board

This bill extends the time limit to file an application for compensation with the California Victims Compensation Board within three years after the victim turns 21, instead of 18, years of age. SB 1232 was approved by the Governor on September 30, 2018.

SB 1298 (Sen Skinner) – The Increasing Access of Employment Act

SB 1298 would prohibit the Department of Justice (DOJ) from reporting specified records within a person’s state summary criminal history information to specified requesters for employment, licensing, or certifying purposes and would require DOJ to provide the subject of the information with a copy of the summary information and at least five days to challenge its accuracy before releasing it to the requester. Held in Senate Appropriations Committee.

AB 2438 (Asm. Ting) – Automatic Withdrawal of plea.

This bill requires the court to automatically expunge a conviction after a defendant has completed probation and fully complied with the sentence of the court. Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee.

AB 2701 (Asm. Rubio) – Victims of violent crimes: trauma recovery centers

This bill, upon appropriation, creates a grant program administered by the California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) to provide funding for school-based trauma recovery centers (TRCs). Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee.