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Dunsmore v. SD County Sheriff’s Department

The San Diego County jails have the highest death rate of any large county in California. Well over 200 people have died in Sheriff department custody since 2006.

May 10, 2022

Porter v. Gore

Every day, people beep their horns to support candidates or causes, greet friends or neighbors, summon children or co-workers, or celebrate weddings or victories. This expressive conduct is common, widespread, and protected by the First Amendment.

July 6, 2021

Matter of O.E.B.

The California legislature enacted Cal. Penal Code § 1437.7, which protects the rights of immigrants by allowing them to ask courts to vacate convictions when they were deprived of the right to meaningfully understand, knowingly accept, or defend against immigration consequences of the conviction.

May 25, 2021 Immigrants' Rights

Jones v. Gore

The lawsuit argues that the Sheriff has violated the California constitution by failing to provide for the reasonable safety and medical needs of people who are incarcerated in the San Diego County jails, acting in a manner that is “deliberately indifferent” to those needs, in violation...

March 10, 2021