Sheriff Reform Project
“In Alameda County, there’s rarely a new sheriff in town. Since 1986, there have been two sheriffs, and neither faced a challenger in any election. Some county residents, especially in the northwest cities of Berkeley and Oakland, want new leadership in the sheriff’s office. The current sheriff, Gregory Ahern, has been criticized for an array of problems with the county jail and is facing two class action lawsuits brought by detainees, and a federal civil rights investigation. Critics also say his cooperation with federal immigration agents and an incident in which he sent an armored vehicle to evict activists who occupied a West Oakland home last year, show that his views are out of step with many voters.”
-“Sheriff’s candidates wouldn’t need law enforcement experience under proposed bill,” by Scott Morris, April 13, 2021, published in The Oaklandside
For now, take a look at some documents that will be part of our Sheriff Reform Project:
- Fact sheet: Senate Bill 271 – The Sheriff Democracy and Diversity Act
- Press release: Senate Bill 271 – The Sheriff Democracy and Diversity Act
- Sample support letter: Senate Bill 271 – The Sheriff Democracy and Diversity Act
Want to get involved? Contact Sheriff Reform Project representative Judith Stacey.