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An Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence Aid and Resource Collection
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If you are a victim or a witness to a crime, there are statutes and programs designed to provide services and explain your rights while you are involved with the criminal justice system. There are also options and alternatives in the private and non-profit social service sectors that can assist you in a variety of ways.

Anti-Recidivism Coalition
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Serves more than 450 formerly incarcerated men and women, who commit to living crime-free, gang-free and drug-free; enrolling in school, working, or actively searching for work; and being of service to their community.

California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies (CASRA)
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A statewide association of private, nonprofit community-based agencies providing rehabilitation and support services for adult clients coping with the disabling effects of serious and/or persistent mental illness.

California Coalition for Women Prisoners
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A grassroots social justice organization, with members inside and outside prison, that challenges the institutional violence imposed on women, transgender people, and communities of color by the prison industrial complex (PIC).

California Courts
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Charged with interpreting the laws of the State of California. It provides for the orderly settlement of disputes between parties in controversy, determines the guilt or innocence of those accused of violating laws, and protects the rights of individuals. The California court system, the nation's largest, serves over 34 million people with more than 2,000 judicial officers and 21,000 court employees. The head of the judicial branch is Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

California Peace Officers Association
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Serves the needs of professional law enforcement through issue exploration, resource development, educational opportunities, and legislative advocacy.

California Probation, Parole, and Correctional Association
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Represents the interest of adult and juvenile, state and local, field and institutional correctional personnel and those other citizens interested in the professionalism of corrections.

California Senior Legislature
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A volunteer body whose primary mission is to gather ideas for legislation at the state and federal levels, craft the ideas into formal proposals, prioritize the proposals, present them to members of the Legislature or the Congress, and advocate for laws implementing the ideas.

California State Public Defender
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The Office of the State Public Defender was created by the California Legislature in 1976 to represent indigent criminal defendants on appeal. The office was formed in response to the need of the state appellate courts, for consistent, high-quality representation for defendants. For the first 13 years of its existence OSPD's workload was predominantly complex non-capital felonies on appeal to the Courts of Appeal, with a handful of capital murder cases in the mix.

Housing California (HCA)
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Acts as a voice for affordable homes for all and an end to homelessness, and works to increase the supply and variety of decent, safe and affordable homes for homeless and low-income families.

Know the Signs
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A statewide suicide prevention social marketing campaign built on three key messages: Know the signs. Find the words. Reach out. The campaign is intended to educate Californians how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, how to find the words to have a direct conversation with someone in crisis and where to find professional help and resources.

NAMI California
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A grassroots organization of families and individuals whose lives have been affected by serious mental illness. It advocates for lives of quality and respect, without discrimination and stigma, for all of its constituents and provides leadership in advocacy, legislation, policy development, education and support throughout California.

Prisoner Advocacy Network
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A network of attorneys, law students, legal workers, formerly incarcerated people, family members of incarcerated people, and other volunteers working to support prisoners incarcerated throughout California state prisons.

Victim Witness Assistance Center
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Crime victims may experience problems and disruptions that require special attention and support. The Victim Witness Assistance Center was created to assure that every possible benefit, service and courtesy is made available to crime victims and witnesses.

Western Center on Law and Poverty
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Advances and enforces the rights of low-income Californians in health, housing and public assistance by working statewide for systemic change.

 
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