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Criminal justice

Taking Accountability and Transparency to the County

For the last 3 years, we’ve been focused on the Commission on Police Practices in the City of San Diego. And now, we have our sights set on reforming and strengthening the Citizens’ Law Enforcement Review Board of the County of San Diego–or what many call CLERB.

Thanks to your donations and support, San Diegans for Justice commissioned a report from nationally renowned civilian oversight expert and professor of law at the University of Chicago, Dr. Sharon R. Fairley.

Learn about our efforts and get involved.

Meet Attorney Duane E. Bennett, independent counsel for CPP & CLERB

Increasing community trust is one of the most important objectives of the independent Commission on Police Practices (CPP), created by Measure B. Key to fostering that trust is having the right legal counsel for the new commission.

That is why we are so excited to host a community forum with Attorney Duane E. Bennett, the independent legal counsel for the CPP as well as CLERB, the Citizens’ Law Enforcement Review Board for the county.

The forum is on Monday, June 13 at 5:30 PM.

Donate towards our efforts to strengthen the Citizens' Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB)

San Diego County voters established CLERB in 1990, giving it the ability to independently investigate alleged wrongdoing by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and its officers. Unfortunately, CLERB has failed to hold them fully accountable for its deficient performance, including the county’s poor jail conditions and deaths.


SDJ is working to address CLERB’s failings and needs funds to support this work. Donate to our efforts, so that we can fight to make it the oversight board it should be.

Do you know about the California Police Bill of Rights?

One of the bedrock principles of our society is that everyone is treated equally under the law. But the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights, also known as the Police Bill of Rights or POBOR for short, acts as a “shield” that places law enforcement above the law. No other professionals or the community at large have these special rights. Read this article from the Marshall Project and share with your friends and family.

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