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July 16, 2020

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, proposed similar legislation last year that failed. She said California must fix a system where jurors are typically wealthier and whiter than “most of the people who they are sitting there to judge.”

July 16, 2020

 California recently boosted state tax refunds for low-income filers, a move that will likely prompt more low-income people to file tax returns, according to state Sen. Nancy Skinner, a Democrat from Berkeley.

“Our juries now are whiter and wealthier than California residents as a whole,” she said.

July 6, 2020

“We need that change in opinions toward incarcerated individuals,” state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, told me. “Not only are you incarcerated, but it’s a permanent sentence because once you’re released you have so many barriers. You are an outcast.”

July 2, 2020

Skinner, who represents Oakland and neighboring East Bay cities, was visibly emotional even behind her California state flag mask, and she said she still couldn’t understand the rationale behind the transfers.

“How (could there) have been a transfer with people that had not been tested for two or three weeks?” she said. “It’s abhorrent.”

July 2, 2020

“The now major outbreak at San Quentin threatens the incarcerated people and staff there, but also Bay Area hospitals and residents,” said state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, who called for the informational hearing before the senate public safety committee on the spreading COVID-19 crisis in prisons.

July 2, 2020

“I do not want this to be just talk,” committee chair Sen. Nancy Skinner said. “I want to see action as a result. The entire state deserves that.”

July 2, 2020

“The plain fact is the virus is out of control at our state prison facilities and it is defying every curve we point to for progress,” said Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley.

July 1, 2020

A new bill from Senator Nancy Skinner, SB 776, aims to build off of 2018’s SB 1421, by further increasing public access to long-hidden police records.

July 1, 2020

It’s time to put more teeth in a California law that requires disclosure of police records. State lawmakers who claim they want to reform policing should walk the talk by lining up behind a new, badly needed transparency bill authored by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley.

July 1, 2020

State Senator Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, introduced two bills regarding police reform Monday.