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.
Jeffrey Selbin, Stephanie Campos-Bui PAC report cited by The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 15, 2016
“The more BIDs there are in a city, the more anti-homeless laws it has on the books,” the researchers found, according to a forthcoming report on the survey.
Jeffrey Selbin quoted by Daily Journal (registration required), Sept. 13, 2016
“It’s a very positive development that cities are beginning to recognize that it is costly and inconvenient to enforce laws against homeless people when at the same time they fail to provide adequate shelter to meet their basic needs,” said Jeffrey Selbin.
Jeffrey Selbin quoted by Los Angeles Times, Sept. 11, 2016
Since then, the U.S. Department of Justice has called on federal courts to adopt the reasoning in the Jones case, but cities often sidestep the issue by enacting bans that cover only specific times of day or locations, said Jeffrey Selbin, director of the Berkeley clinic.
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.”
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.”
Jeffrey Selbin quoted in San Jose Mercury News, February 20, 2015
“Only a concerted statewide effort will end this expensive and inhumane whack-a-mole approach to homelessness,” said Jeffrey Selbin, director of the UC Berkeley School of Law Policy Advocacy Clinic.
Jeffrey Selbin quoted in Aljazeera America, February 18, 2015
“The state must decriminalize people’s life-sustaining activities conducted in public and redirect resources to proven approaches that address the root causes of homelessness and poverty.”
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.
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.