Criminal Injustice: A Cost Analysis of Wrongful Convictions, Errors & Failed Prosecutions in California's Criminal Justice System

Criminal Injustice: A Cost Analysis of Wrongful Convictions, Errors & Failed Prosecutions in California's Criminal Justice System

This report documents mistakes, incompetence, and malfeasance in our criminal justice system.  Not only are these systemic errors expensive—costing taxpayers an estimated $282 million adjusted for inflation—they also have serious and lifelong consequences on the people subject to these flawed prosecutions.

Mind the Gap: Delivering on California’s Promise for Higher Education

Mind the Gap: Delivering on California’s Promise for Higher Education

In 2012 California Competes called for the state to articulate specific degree attainment goals to advance our regional economies and local communities.  In this new report, Mind the Gap: Delivering on California’s Promise for Higher Education, California Competes finds that the state now faces a degree attainment gap of 2.4 million by 2025.

Voluntary Home Visiting Data Book: Assessing Need & Access in California

Voluntary Home Visiting Data Book: Assessing Need & Access in California

Voluntary home visiting programs provide critical support to vulnerable children and families in the hopes of setting young children off on a brighter future. This report provides county-by-county data on the availability of voluntary home visiting programs in California, as well as several estimates of the need for these programs.

Baby Steps: Recession Cuts, Restoration & What’s Next for California’s Child Care System

Baby Steps: Recession Cuts, Restoration & What’s Next for California’s Child Care System

Access to affordable child care helps families achieve economic security, offers children stability and the opportunity to thrive, and strengthens California’s economy overall. This brief highlights key pieces of research that describe California’s child care system, and reviews proposed policy changes to improve it.

Degrees of Freedom: Expanding College Opportunities for Currently and Formerly Incarcerated Californians

Degrees of Freedom: Expanding College Opportunities for Currently and Formerly Incarcerated Californians

Degrees of Freedom finds that California has not been adequately providing effective college opportunities for criminal justice-involved students, despite the fact that such access will help California build safer and more economically viable communities. The study is a joint project of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center at Stanford Law School and the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at UC Berkeley School of Law.

San Francisco Predictable Scheduling & Fair Treatment for Formula Retail Employees Ordinance

San Francisco Predictable Scheduling & Fair Treatment for Formula Retail Employees Ordinance

Economic and labor force changes since the Great Recession of 2007 have changed the way many American workers support themselves and their families. This issue brief highlights some of the research on unstable work schedules, and describes the provisions of legislation in San Francisco that seeks to increase predictable scheduling among certain workers.

Raising the Floor: A Review of Paid Sick Days Laws for California

Raising the Floor: A Review of Paid Sick Days Laws for California

Approximately 5 million Californians lack paid sick days protection. When, inevitably, they become ill, they can either go to work while  ill, or they can stay home and lose out on a day’s pay. Sometimes, the decision to stay home can cost them their jobs. And if these workers are parents or family caregivers, the choices are harder still.

Recommendations to Promote Horizontal Integration in California

Recommendations to Promote Horizontal Integration in California

Based on The Obamacare Opportunity: Implementing the Affordable Care Act to Improve Health, Reduce Hardship, and Grow the Economy for All Californians and subsequent research, Next Generation and East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) developed a set of concrete recommendations for the Legislative Analyst’s Office

The Obamacare Opportunity: Implementing the Affordable Care Act to Improve Health, Reduce Hardship & Grow the Economy for All Californians

The Obamacare Opportunity: Implementing the Affordable Care Act to Improve Health, Reduce Hardship & Grow the Economy for All Californians

 California was the first state in the nation to enact legislation in response to the Affordable Care Act. This report suggests that California can take advantage of ACA implementation as a means toward increasing access to health coverage and vital benefits while also fostering work support programs and improving the statewide economy.

Prosperity Threatened: Perspectives on Childhood Poverty in California

Prosperity Threatened: Perspectives on Childhood Poverty in California

California will face serious economic challenges and struggle to maintain its prosperity as a state if it fails to address mushrooming childhood poverty. Prosperity Threatened, our analysis of the latest Census Bureau data found that childhood poverty is endemic among California’s fastest-growing demographic segment – Hispanics – with nearly one in three Hispanic children in California living at or below the poverty line.

The Competition That Really Matters: Comparing U.S., Chinese, and Indian Investments in the Next-Generation Workforce

The Competition That Really Matters: Comparing U.S., Chinese, and Indian Investments in the Next-Generation Workforce

American children coming of age today will work in a global, technologically advanced economy, competing with peers in India, China and other countries. This report details the progress China and India are making in expanding their labor forces to play a bigger role in the global economy and the urgent implications of these policies for U.S. competitiveness.