Policy

The Ella Baker Center Policy Team looks directly at our laws at the State level and works with policymakers, families across the state, and allied groups to pass legislation that promotes dignity and provides opportunity for communities that have historically been left out of policy considerations. That includes disenfranchised Black and Brown communities, and overlooked families with low income.

Read and share our 2020 Ballot Measure Guide here.

Check-out and share our resource for people in California prisons with 5-year enhancements on their current sentence for prior serious felonies.

Back to Court: A Resentencing Guide to the Fair and Just Sentencing and Reform Act (SB 1393) and PC § 1170(d)(1)

This toolkit is designed to be a specific resource for people impacted by SB 1393, and also a general resource for anyone interested in PC § 1170(d)(1) resentencing. Go to the webpage now to download the toolkit!


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Based in Oakland, CA, the Ella Baker Center advances racial and economic justice to ensure dignity and opportunity for low income people and people of color. As we navigate the uncertainty and adversity of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ella Baker…

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At the Ella Baker Center, we win policies that reduce sentences, remove barriers, and restore opportunities. That means curbing unjust and extreme sentences, supporting people’s successful re-entry, keeping families connected while their loved ones are locked up, and reducing the…

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We are excited to share a new resource for people in California prisons with 5-year enhancements on their current sentence for prior serious felonies. Back to Court: A Resentencing Guide to the Fair and Just Sentencing and Reform Act (SB…

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