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Car Impoundment & Checkpoint Toolkit: Intro and Guide

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Car Impoundment&Checkpoint Toolkit
Guide written and materials compiled by:Lucero ChavezImmigrants Rights AttorneyACLU of Southern CA
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Car Impoundment andCheckpoint Toolkit Guide
 The issue of car impoundments and checkpoints has been an important one for immigrantand low-income communities over the last several years. Although initially change was slow,a growing number of jurisdictions have now made effective policy choices related to theircity practices and procedures. This guide serves both as a clearing house of existing policies, relevant legal materials, andhelpful information as well as an attempt at compiling documents related to campaigns forthe purposes of historical memory. This is a compilation of tools and resources created andexpanded by a number of advocates and organizations throughout the state that have beeneffective in changing how their local departments interact with their communities. Thesegroups include various affiliates of People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO) California, Service, Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN), the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), Mark Silverman and the ImmigrantLegal Resource Center (ILRC), the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR), theNorthern California and San Diego affiliates of the ACLU and the California ImmigrantPolicy Center (CIPC). This guide is meant to provide information to individuals and community groups about whatthey need to know to run similar campaigns in their cities in hopes of adopting just andhumane policies while keeping their communities safe. Please understand that this guide ismeant to be comprehensive and may contain more materials that what your local community may need but is here nonetheless for your reference. The section summaries below will helpguide you to determine where your community fits, what you need, and what is mostrelevant to your local efforts and goals.
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Section 1: Relevant Cases and Codes
IngersollMichigan v. SitzMirandaCalifornia Vehicle Code
Section 2: Getting Information
California Public Records Act request overview and examples
Section 3: Knowing Your Rights
Materials created by the ACLU/SC and other partners like the National Lawyers Guild
Relevant memo’s from CA Peace Officers
 Association Counsel
Section 4: Policy Recommendations and Issues
Reports and memos from various organizations related to the constitutionality of checkpoints and car impoundmentsSpecific policy recommendations provided by various organizations related to checkpointsand car impoundment policies
Section 5: Local Advocacy and Organizing
Identified successful strategies in previous campaignsCity council resolutionsHelpful news stories
Section 6: City Policies
Language and guides from cities that have already changed policies and practices in theircities
Section 7: Monitoring and Data Collection
Sample intake forms and monitoring guides
Section 8: Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and California Highway Patrol (CHP) Policies,Procedures and Funding
Organization manuals and proceduresGuidelines for grants and sample application
Section 9: Helpful and Unhelpful Studies and Publications
Studies done locally and investigations looking at practices statewide
Section 10: Miscellaneous
Drivers License issues, information on impound hearings and other relevant topicsStatewide campaign messaging and fact sheets (2011 - AB 1389)

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