Jeffrey Selbin

Contra Costa County halts fees for parents of juvenile offenders

Jeffrey Selbin quoted by NBC Bay Area, Oct. 26, 2016

“These fees harm kids and families and they undermine the rehabilitative purpose of the juvenile justice system,” said Jeff Selbin, a law professor at UC Berkeley who studied the effects. The poverty law clinic at the university published an exhaustive analysis of the fees earlier this year.

UC Berkeley’s Policy Advocacy Clinic aims to tackle issues concerning community

Jeffrey Selbin and Stephanie Campos-Bui in The Daily Californian, August 24, 2015

Faculty director Jeffrey Selbin wanted to address larger, systemic issues that trickle down to many of the clinic’s clients by providing students with opportunities to research and advocate for marginalized communities.

“A lot of people or families with youth involved in the juvenile justice system are more often than not people of color or living in poverty,” Campos-Bui said. “So handing bills over to kids and their parents (make them) stuck with a huge amount of debt.”

Rally and march planned to protest effort to pass new anti-homeless laws in Berkeley

Osha Neumann and Jeffrey Selbin quoted in The Berkeley Daily Planet, March 12, 2015

Osha Neumann: “Taken together with existing laws, these ordinances would essentially make it illegal for people who are homeless to have a presence on our streets and sidewalks.”

Jeffrey Selbin: “The evidence from around the state and country is quite clear: criminalizing people who are homeless doesn’t solve any of the underlying causes or conditions of homelessness; in fact, it only makes them worse. It would be inhumane, ineffective and expensive for Berkeley to double down on punitive laws that will only hurt our most vulnerable residents.”

California is rife with laws used to harass homeless people

Jeffrey Selbin and Paul Boden write for Los Angeles Times, February 15, 2015

After homelessness began skyrocketing in the 1980s, cities responded with laws that criminalize basic life activities conducted in public like standing, sitting, resting or sleeping, and even sharing food with homeless people. As the crisis worsened in California — 22% of America’s homeless population now lives in the state — cities have piled on more and more vagrancy laws.

Should a shoplifting conviction be an indelible scarlet letter? Not in California

Jeffrey Selbin, Eliza Hersh and Keramet Reiter write for Los Angeles Times, December 28, 2014

Significantly, the clean-slate process itself — not just the outcome — appears to create a kind of status enhancement ritual, or rite of passage, helping people move from their old life into a new one. Proposition 47 takes an important step toward addressing the consequences of mass incarceration in California.