Since 2011, CURYJ has helped write, co-sponsor, and support over 50 bills and ballot initiatives.

Our Approach

We’re organizing for a world without prisons where those directly impacted have the say in transforming their communities. We always strive to bring the voices of those most impacted by an issue to the table when developing and campaigning for new legislation. 

We are creating the next generation of young leaders by including Dream Beyond Bars fellows in our policy campaigns. Fellows attend coalition meetings and are mentored by our Policy Team and CURYJ staff to engage with stakeholders, build community power, and craft policy. 

Policy Wins

We work to transform individuals so that we can collectively change the systems that harm our communities. Here are some of the policies that we have helped to change.

Gang Injunction

CURYJ was founded to defeat the Fruitvale gang injunction—we led the first community organizing effort in the nation to do this successfully

CA AB 392

California Act to Save Lives
The toughest law in the country that holds law enforcement officers accountable for using unnecessary deadly force.

Prop 57

The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016
Ended direct file by DAs, which automatically sent California youth to adult prison.

Prop 17

Free the Vote 2020
Restored voting rights to over 57,000 Californians on parole.

Defeat of Prop 20

The Prison Spending Scam
Prevented a return to the heyday of mass incarceration by upholding recent criminal justice reforms.

CA SB 203

Miranda Rights for Youth
Extends Miranda Rights protections to 16 and 17-year-olds by requiring them to consult with a lawyer before being interrogated.

Current Campaigns

Let Us Live Coalition

Police Decertification

The Kenneth Ross Jr. Police Decertification Act would strip badges from officers who commit serious misconduct, allow for independent investigations, and remove barriers to suing cops in civil court.


C.R.I.S.E.S. Act

CA AB 118
Would create a 5-year pilot program to expand community-based emergency response alternatives to police regarding situations involving people experiencing homelessness, mental health crises, intimate partner violence, community violence, and substance use.

Family Unity Bill AB 990

Family Unity Act

CA AB 990
Would restore visiting as a civil right for incarcerated people and would remove barriers that prevent families and children from visiting their loved ones.



CA AB 937
Would prevent CA law enforcement and CDCR from colluding with ICE to deport people who have already served their time.

End Endless Probation AB 503

End Endless Probation

CA AB 503
Would limit probation terms for youth and require that conditions are individually tailored, developmentally appropriate, and not excessive.

The PROMYSE Ace SB 493


CA SB 493
Would reinvest into communities by requiring counties to distribute at least 95% of allotted funds to non-law enforcement community based organizations.

Cunningham Fix CA SB 567

Cunningham Fix

CA SB 567
Would restrict a judge’s discretion to sentence a person to the high term by requiring aggravating facts to be presented to a jury and proved beyond a reasonable doubt.

Policy Team

Our Policy work is lead by our Policy & Legal Services Manager, J Vasquez. Hayden Renato and Xochtil Larios are Youth Justice Program Associates, who work on youth-led policy initiatives and support emerging leaders to navigate policy work. 

For more information about our policy work or campaigns, reach out J Vasquez at policy@curyj.org. 

Other Programs at CURYJ

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