Judiciary

Immigration Reform: Local Jurisdictions Community Policing and Detention Policies
Elizabeth Dietzen Olsen, September 2015
Three bills before the United States House of Representatives and one in the United States Senate are aimed at penalizing or dismantling so-called "sanctuary cities."

 

State Survey of California Prisoners: What Percentage of the State's Polled Prison Inmates Were Once Foster Care Children?
Sara McCarthy and Mark Gladstone, December 2011
A unique state survey reveals how many of the polled inmates were formerly in foster care.

The U.S. Supreme Court recently imposed limits on state and local firearm-control laws. What does this mean for California?
Lindsey V. Scott-Flórez, October 2010
A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court rules that the Second Amendment applies to state and local laws.

Consumer Privacy and Identity Theft: A Summary of Key Statutes and Guide for Lawmakers (2008 edition)
Saskia Kim, January 2008
The 2008 edition of this report provides an overview of major California laws and outlines how significant federal laws impact these statutes.
 

Eminent Domain and Redevelopment Agencies: The Debate Continues
Erin Riches, January 2008
The 2005 U.S. Supreme Court's Kelo decision generated a great deal of discussion in California about how redevelopment agencies—local agencies aimed at revitalizing blighted areas—use eminent domain.
 

A U.S. Supreme Court Case Update: Philip Morris USA v. Williams
Saskia Kim, March 2007
A narrowly divided U.S. Supreme Court overturned a $79.5 million punitive damage award against tobacco company Philip Morris.
 

A Primer on Family Law: Fundamentals and Resources for Legislative Staff
Kate Sproul, February 2007
California laws affecting marriage, domestic partnerships, divorce, and children are varied and, in many cases, complex.
 

Protecting Californians From Hate Crimes: A Progress Report
Gregory deGiere, August 2004
Hate crimes, like any form of terrorism, are triply harmful. They hurt the immediate victims by inflicting loss and pain, the same as any violent crime.
 

California Laws Helping Working Parents
Kate Sproul, July 2004
The workplace has changed. In the past, most men worked outside the home and most women worked inside the home, usually raising children. 
 

The Patriot Act, Other Post-9/11 Enforcement Powers, and the Impact on California's Muslim Communities
Max Vanzi, May 2004
Within the Bush Administration and Congress, in the news media and public, among concerned scholars, and on the part of civil rights and immigrant advocacy groups, controversy abounds over the federal government’s broad new powers to investigate and suppress threats of domestic terrorism. 
 

California's Response to Domestic Violence: A History of Policy Issues and Legislative Actions to Combat Domestic Violence in California
Kate Sproul, June 2003 [928-S]
Combating domestic violence has been a priority for California policy-makers since the late 1970s, but the focus on this often-hidden form of abuse has intensified since the O.J. Simpson case raised public awareness in 1994. 
 

Proposition 209 and the Courts: A Legal History
Kate Sproul, January 2002
Proposition 209, a state constitutional amendment placed on the ballot by citizens’ initiative, was approved by California voters five years ago to ban discrimination or preferential treatment based on race, ethnicity, and gender in public employment, education, and contracting.
 

Women and Equality: A California Review of Women’s Equity Issues in Civil Rights, Education, and the Workplace 
Kate Sproul, February 1999 [987-S]
The expanding roles of women since the beginning of the modern-day civil-rights movement have triggered sea changes in this country’s social trends.