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Publications

The Office of the Attorney General produces reports, brochures, and other publications to inform and educate Californians. Many of our publications are required by state law so we can regularly report to the Legislature on our divisions and programs. We also provide practical information to consumers through useful guides and brochures.

You can find PDF versions of all these publications listed by topic.

Recent Publications

Antitrust/Business Competition

Asset Forfeiture

Biennial Reports

Charities/Nonprofits

Children

  • Child Safety Brochures on child safety in Chinese, English, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese.

Civil Rights

  • Attorney General's Civil Rights Commission: Reporting Hate Crimes (2001), pdf This report by the Attorney General's Civil Rights Commission on Hate Crimes makes various findings and outlines 16 recommendations to improve the reporting of hate crimes in local communities, in schools and by law enforcement agencies. In preparing the report, members of the Commission visited nearly two dozen diverse communities throughout California. The Commission heard from various members of the community, including students, seniors, people with disabilities, parents and working families.
  • Consumer Guide on Immigrant Consultants These guides for protecting your consumer rights in working with immigration consultants are available in Armenian, Chinese, English, and Hmong, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese.
  • Hate Crime Prevention Guides These guides on hate crime prevention and reporting are available in Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, English, and Hindi, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, Vietnamese.
  • Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities, pdf Provides information on the legal rights of persons with disabilities. The handbook discusses both California and federal laws in order to get a complete picture of the law on a particular topic. This handbook updates Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities 1997.
  • Unlawful Discrimination: Your Rights and Remedies, Civil Rights Handbook, or pdf (81 pages) Third Edition, August 2001, Provides a practical guide for the public on California and federal civil rights laws.
  • Women's Rights Handbook (1998), or pdf (305 pages) Provides the general public with a basic understanding of the rights of women in California. The handbook describes both California and federal laws that deal with issues important to most women.
  • More about Civil Rights

Conflict of Interest

  • Conflict of Interest, pdf (2010) Provides information to assist government officials in complying with California's conflict-of-interest laws and to assist the public and news media in understanding and monitoring situations that may give rise to conflicts of interest. More about conflicts of interest.

Crime

Crime and Violence Prevention

  • 12th Biennial California Student Survey, pdf - Final report (2009), Compendium of Tables, pdf The California Student Survey (CSS) is a voluntary, anonymous, and confidential survey of substance use, school safety, harassment, school and gang violence, youth resilience factors, and health-related behaviors. State law requires that the CSS be conducted every two years among a representative statewide sample of students in grades 7, 9, and 11.
  • Human Trafficking in California, pdf - Final Report (October 2007) The California Alliance to Combat Trafficking and Slavery (CAACTS) Task Force, established by the state Legislature, was chaired and administered by the Attorney General’s Office. The mandated report presents the task force’s key findings and its recommendations to strengthen state and local efforts to prevent trafficking, protect and assist victims, and prosecute traffickers.
  • Safe Schools Task Force, pdf - Final Report (June 2000) Highlights policy recommendations and strategies to improve school safety in California. The Safe Schools Task Force report is the culmination of efforts by schools and law enforcement. The purpose of the report is to implement short- and long-term goals to assure California's schools remain safe learning environments.

Criminal Statistics

Elder Abuse

  • Citizen's Guide to Preventing & Reporting Elder Abuse, pdf An educational tool which offers guidance on ways seniors and their caretakers can identify the tell-tale signs of elder abuse and practical advice on how to avoid and report victimization. This publication is available to the public at no cost. The guide is available on-line or by writing the
    Office of the Attorney General
    1425 River Park Drive, Ste. 300
    Sacramento, CA 95815.
  • Guía Para Cuidadanos Ciudadanos Para Prevenir Y Denunciar El Abuso De Ancianos, pdf Un folleto educativo que sirve como guía para que ancianos y personas encargadas de cuidarlos aprendan a reconocer señales de abuso; con prácticos consejos sobre cómo evitar ser víctima y cómo informar una sospecha de abuso. Este folleto está disponible al público sin costo alguno. Puede ser obtenido a través del internet o por escrito:
    Office of the Attorney General
    1425 River Park Drive, Ste. 300
    Sacramento, CA 95815.
  • The Peace Officer and Prosecutor's Guide to Combating Elder Abuse (Volume 1) This is the first of a three volume set designed for use by law enforcement officers and prosecutors. Volume 1 emphasizes investigative and case building techniques. A limited quantity of this volume is available exclusively to peace officers and prosecutors and may be obtained by contacting the
    Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse at (916) 263-0401
    or writing to the Bureau at:
    Office of the Attorney General
    1425 River Park Drive, Suite 300
    Sacramento, CA 95815.
  • The Peace Officer and Prosecutor's Guide to Combating Elder Abuse (Volume 2) Volume 2, in the form of a compact disc (CD), provides mainly prosecutorial tools, including sample trial briefs, memoranda of points and authorities, affidavits, search warrants, jury instructions, and numerous other writings relevant to the prosecution of elder abuse. The CD is available free of charge to peace officers and prosecutors, exclusively, and may be obtained by contacting the
    Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse at (916) 263-0401
    or writing to the Bureau at:
    Office of the Attorney General
    1425 River Park Drive, Suite 300
    Sacramento, CA 95815.

Electronic Interceptions

  • Annual report to the Legislature on electronic surveillance is issued in compliance with Penal Code section 629.62. We hope this report is a helpful resource for prosecutors and law enforcement agents who rely on electronic surveillance as a critical weapon to fight crime in California.
  • Annual reports: 2012 | 2010 | 2009

Energy Crisis

Environment

  • Proposition 65 - Annual Summaries of Private Settlements. Annual reports issued summarizing all settlements of Proposition 65 cases brought by private plaintiffs from January 1 - December 31 since 2000. The summaries are based on reports submitted to the Attorney General pursuant to SB 1269 (1999) and SB 471 (2001). The data show total penalties, attorney fees and other funds collected. Also included is a brief description of actions defendants were required to take to remedy alleged violations. Copies of individual settlements are available on request. (All pdfs below)
  • Annual reports: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000

Fingerprinting

Firearms

Forensic Services & DNA

  • Task Force Final Report: An Examination of Forensic Science in California - November 2009, pdf Required by state law, the task force final report provides an accurate snapshot of the current condition of government-funded forensic science in California, including descriptions and explanations of both successful and failed delivery of timely, reliable, scientific testing; and second, to recommend steps that state and local policymakers can take to identify and address deficiencies in the field while continuing to support its achievements. A supplemental report will be published in 2010 regarding the establishment, composition and functions of a statewide body to consider issues related to forensic science.
  • California Task Force on Forensic Services Report, pdf (2003)
    View and Print by Chapters, pdf [suggested for dial-up modems]. The criminal justice system is relying increasingly on new technologies and other forensic science advances. This report by the Attorney General's Task Force on Forensic Sciences assesses the current status of California's crime laboratories and identifies steps that should be taken to ensure that the state has the capacity and expertise to delivery timely and accurate forensic services.
  • California DNA Data Bank Program Quarterly Report, pdf This report provides information on the number of DNA samples received by the California Department of Justice as required to be summarized by Proposition 69, the DNA Fingerprint, Unsolved Crimes and Innocence Protection Act.
  • DNA Forensic Technology Solving Crimes The California Department of Justice operates the largest working DNA data bank in the country. Charts show crime-solving matches now averaging one "cold hit" a day.
  • Post-conviction DNA Testing Task Force Report, pdf Prepared by the Postconviction Testing/Evidence Retention Task Force, this report provides information on compliance with a new state law requiring governmental entities, including the courts, to retain evidence after a conviction in felony cases in a manner suitable for DNA testing.
  • More about the Bureau of Forensic Services

Gambling

  • Gambling in the Golden State 1998 Forward (2006), pdf This special report prepared by the California Research Bureau at the request of the Attorney General shows gross gambling revenues in California totaled some $13 billion in 2004. The report covers the regulation of gaming, and impacts on state revenues, the economy, crime and problem gambling. Each segment of the gaming industry is covered in a separate chapter: Indian casinos, the state lottery, horse racing, card rooms and Internet gambling.

Gasoline Pricing

Law Enforcement

  • DLE - Annual Report 2009-10, pdf This report provides an overview of the Division of Law Enforcement and highlights significant achievements from the 2009-2010 fiscal year. 2008-09, pdf | 2007-08, pdf , (2007-08 Text Only, pdf)
  • Commission on Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) (2002), pdf This report by the Attorney General's Commission on Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) identifies seven important issues and makes numerous recommendations to improve public safety and law enforcement success in the use of SWAT.
  • California Peace Officers Legal Sourcebook (CPOLS) Written and published by the California Attorney General, this 1,100-page training and resource manual for state and local law enforcement personnel is updated six times a year and made available to the public through direct sale in print and electronic versions. The manual is the primary source for California and Federal law on Search and Seizure, Interrogation, Driving Under the Influence, Juveniles, and Criminal Offenses. Updates available through paid subscription service from the CopWare main website.

    The full “Summary of Contents” includes:

    • Chapter 1 This Sourcebook And The Law
    • Chapter 2 Search And Seizure - Persons
    • Chapter 3 Search And Seizure - Premises
    • Chapter 4 Search And Seizure - Vehicles
    • Chapter 5 Search And Seizure - Miscellaneous

      Border searches; agricultural border stations; roadblocks; airports searches; use of dogs; parole and probation searches; jail and prison searches; eavesdropping; business records; searches by private persons.

    • Chapter 6 Search Warrants
    • Chapter 7 Statements

      Importance of statements; Miranda warnings (Fifth Amendment); right to counsel (Sixth Amendment); voluntariness of statements (Fourteenth Amendment); statements to private persons; statements from witnesses; anticipating defenses.

    • Chapter 8 Lineups And Showups
    • Chapter 9 Report Writing
    • Chapter 10 Criminal Process
    • Chapter 11 Evidence
    • Chapter 12 Testimony
    • Chapter 13 Criminal Law

      Parties; elements; intent; defenses; crimes against property; crimes against persons; general criminal statutes; weapons and firearms.

    • Chapter 14 Juvenile Law
    • Chapter 15 Civil Disputes
    • Chapter 16 Traffic Law
    • Chapter 17 Driving Under The Influence
    • Chapter 18 Table Of Cases
    • Chapter 19 Subject Matter Index

    CopWare, Inc., is the sole authorized distributor of the California Peace Officers Legal Sourcebook manual. For information on formats and sales, please contact:

    www.copware.com
    sales@copware.com
    877-COPWARE (877-267-9273) (toll free)

    The Field Guide for the California Peace Officers Legal Sourcebook is also available through the California District Attorneys Association. The annual Field Guide incorporates Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 14, 15 & 17 of the Sourcebook and includes excerpts from the official CDAA Warrants manual in lieu of Chapter 6. The abridged portions of the Sourcebook are approved by the Department of Justice for accuracy and content. For more information, please contact:

    CDAA
    www.cdaa.org
    916- 443-2017

    CopWare, Inc., and CDAA are the only authorized vendors of these publications. Consumers should beware of duplicated or out-of-date copies not provided by these vendors.

Legal Opinions

  • Monthly Opinion Report This report provides a summary of the legal opinions issued recently by the Attorney General's Office and requests for opinions pending in the Attorney General's Opinion Unit.

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