Lawyers for Immigrants: Why California Must Lead the Way

California helped reshape our national understanding of justice in our criminal courts. As New York and other cities and counties throughout the country do their part, it is time for California to step up again.

Why We Should Provide Lawyers to Immigrants Facing Deportation

President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to deport millions of immigrants is an attack on thousands of San Francisco families. The most effective way to defend them? Arm them with lawyers.

Op Ed: A Step Backward for Justice Reform

The governor tries to strongarm the people and their elected representatives on peremptory challenges. Jeff Adachi speaks out in an op-ed.

A Sensible Bill to Curtail the War on Drugs

Read Deputy Public Defender Vilaska Nguyen’s op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Op-Ed: The Concept of Race is Nothing But Fiction

Race is the world’s most persistent deception.

Op-Ed: Combating Racism in SF’s Public Schools

SF Public Defender Jeff Adachi pens an op-ed on recent, racially-charged incidents in San Francisco’s high schools.

Who Cares What Beyoncé Says?

I do. You should too.

Threat to Juries Hidden in California Budget

Read Jeff Adachi’s Op-Ed on the dangers of cutting peremptory challenges.

Op-Ed: Why No Charges in Police-Involved Beating in SF?

It’s been nearly three weeks and the officers names have not been released. The incident report remains a secret.

Op-Ed: Truth Lost When Officers View Body Cam Footage

If the Police Commission makes the wrong decision today, we will lose the ability to require officers to write down their independent recollection as to what happened… It will destroy one of the main reasons to have the body cameras in the first place: to provide a check and balance between the police perception and video evidence.

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