Alameda County Presiding Judge Morris Jacobson has announced his plan to move of all Alameda County in-custody arraignments to the East County Hall of Justice Dublin. The Public Defender Alameda County office, local organizations, and city council members have opposed the unfair move, citing how the distance will result in families from Oakland, Hayward, and Fremont not attending court for their loved ones.
At the packed press conference in Oakland, Public Defender Brendon Woods said, "It comes down to your ability to pay, whether you have money or not. If you have money, you can buy your justice. If you have money, you can bail to get out. If you have money, you can have your first court appearance right in Oakland, right in the community where you're from. Does that seem like justice to you?"
This graphic is a visual of how many miles it would take through Bay Area traffic and public transportation to get to the new courthouse.
Folks from The Ella Baker Center For Human Rights have started this petition for folks to support and sign: