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 36 (Hertzberg) - Risk Assessment Transparency

This bill would require the collection of data in order to set standards for and evaluate the effectiveness of risk assessment tools, already used in 49 California counties, to advance justice. SB 36 will improve outcomes and transparency in pre-trial risk assessment tools and practices.   Learn More

SB 375 (Durazo) – Removing Victim Compensation Time Limit

This bill would repeal the current 3-year time limit for a victim to file an application for victim compensation. Many crime victims who are unaware of victim compensation, not ready to apply because of their trauma, or are dealing with their trauma years after their victimization are often denied access to the program. SB 375 can help ensure crime survivors have access to the resources needed to recover and heal when they are ready.   Learn More

AB741 (Arambula) - Universal Trauma Screening for Children

This bill would require the Department of Health Care Services to ensure the success and sustainability of trauma screenings as part of its prevention, diagnostic and treatment services for low-income children and adolescents. These requirements would include trainings for personnel on how to identify and make appropriate referrals for patients who test positive in trauma screenings, and steps toward producing a universal, validated trauma screening tool. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has found that children who experience trauma are at higher risk for health and social problems, and that the chronic stress can damage brain development and result in future health diseases and violent behaviors.   Learn More

AB 972 (Bonta) – Prop 47 Automatic Record Change

This bill would simplify the record-change process so Californians would no longer be forced to navigate a complex bureaucratic process to seek relief, for which they already qualify under Prop 47. The Department of Justice would be required to review records in the state database to identify past convictions and eligibility, and automatically reclassify the records of over a million Californians. The bill would allow people to move forward with their lives, and access jobs, housing and other key components to family stability and economic security that reduce recidivism.   Learn More

AB 1076 (Ting) – Automatic Record Removal

This bill would provide relief to millions of Californians living with a past conviction or record. It would standardize a process where old convictions, or records from an arrest that did not result in a conviction, would be automatically removed from people’s records after a certain period of time. AB 1076 would help with building a pathway for millions of Californians to earn redemption and stability, and clear irrelevant arrest records that can be obstacles to success.   Learn More

AB 1182 (Carrillo) – Expanding Parole Earned Discharge

AB 1182 strengthens and expands existing earned discharge process for parolees by aligning existing discharge terms with evidence-based practices to ensure parolees do not unnecessarily languish on parole. Specifically, this bill would direct the Division of Adult Parole Operations and county probation departments to discharge low and moderate risk parolees after the individual completes the initial 180 days of supervision violation and crime-free. Improving the discharge process would enhance public safety by reducing recidivism and targeting supervision resources to those parolees that pose higher risks.   Learn More

AB 1449 (Garcia) – Reducing Denials of Victim Compensation for Survivors

This bill would remove barriers that prevent survivors from accessing the state’s victim compensation program. It would eliminate denials of applications for support solely due to the crime not being reported to law enforcement, the most common reason for denials. Instead, it would allow the consideration of other evidence to verify that someone was the victim of a crime or violence. It would also narrow the denial of applications based on subjective interpretations of a survivor’s interactions with law enforcement in the aftermath of their traumatic victimization by only allowing rejections if the victim or applicant actively interfered with the investigation.   Learn More

AB 875 (Wicks) - Pupil health: in-school support services.

This bill would re-establish the Healthy Start Initiative within the Department of Education, in partnership with the Health and Human Services Agency, to oversee a grant program to fund local collaboratives between schools, communities, parents, county health and human service agencies, and nonprofit service providers. These collaboratives will support children and their families in accessing health and mental health care, screenings, basic need supports, and other opportunities that allow children to succeed in life. Additionally, the grant funds will build local capacity and program sustainability, strengthen partnerships between child and family-facing services providers, and support best practices through state, regional, and local technical assistance. Healthy Start 2.0 will target school districts serving a large proportion of students who have been marginalized due to poverty, isolation, immigration status, or other social determinants that impact their health. This bill will help streamline and integrate programs that serve these students and provide them with more effective prevention and early intervention.   Learn More

AB 1331 - Data Quality In Criminal Records

This bill would addresses data gaps and improves access to criminal justice data by establishing reporting requirements across the system and clarifying existing law regarding access. Comprehensive collection of criminal statistics is essential to advancing public safety; builds the foundation for efficient record clearance efforts; and, advances independent research, a core component of automation and effective criminal justice reform.   Learn More