Don’t Let Trump Use an Accident to Foment Hate

Read Francisco Ugarte’s piece in the San Francisco Bay View.

A ‘Dangerous Felon’ Who Was Never Convicted of a Violent Crime

By Matt Gonzalez Special to 48hills Two years ago, Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez was arrested for the death of Kate Steinle on San Francisco’s popular waterfront. The case gained national attention as then-candidate Donald Trump exploited Lopez Sanchez’s immigration status to propose sweeping immigration reforms. Although the shooting appeared to be an accident — the […]

Troubled Judges Group Holding Up Bail Reform

California is on the precipice of overhauling its unjust bail system. Now, a group of judges, currently in apology mode over a party where revelers ridiculed incarcerated people of color, is lobbying for a watered down bail reform bill.

Op-Ed: Proposed Kate’s Law Would Not Have Saved Kate Steinle

By Matt Gonzalez Special to the Chronicle The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill last week called “Kate’s Law” (HR3004). The bill is named for Kate Steinle, the young woman whose unfortunate death in San Francisco in 2015 has been exploited as a recurrent shibboleth in efforts across the nation to instigate anti-immigrant fervor. […]

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.

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