AB 2065 – California Racial Justice Act: Criminal Justice Data

What is this bill about?

AB 2065 will allow access to better publicly available criminal justice data and require law enforcement agencies to share probation and police reports with attorneys investigating racial discrimination and bias in criminal proceedings.

How does it align with yli’s values?

The information needed to establish racial discrimination and bias can be challenging to obtain, and data requests are time-consuming.

AB 2065 improves access to critical data that would help to establish these kinds of claims under the Racial Justice Act. Specifically, this bill requires the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Judicial Council, and the Department of Justice to report disaggregated data by county annually. Furthermore, this bill would require law enforcement agencies to release all arrest records and probation reports, regardless of the date they were prepared, to a licensed attorney investigating a claim.

yli partners with thousands of youth across the state, the majority of whom are low-income youth of color. Many of these young people and their families have direct experiences of racial profiling and criminalization, and we are staunch advocates of policies that support our communities in seeking justice.

This policy aligns with our Racial Justice Platform, which addresses the impacts of the carceral system on communities of color.

What is yli doing about it?

We have just submitted a letter endorsing this bill, and we are showing our support on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Who is sponsoring this bill?

  • American Friends Service Committee
  • Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
  • California Coalition for Women Prisoners
  • Californians United for a Responsible Budget
  • Center on Juvenile & Criminal Justice
  • Initiate Justice
  • NextGen California

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