It’s finally spring and April – a month our criminal justice community has dedicated as Second Chance Month. At JPO, we join our community in bringing attention to the importance of second chances and the need to ensure that those impacted by the criminal justice system gain opportunities to restore their voting rights, find employment, get a driver’s license, have their record(s) expunged, and more. Continue reading “Spring is a Time for Renewal and for Second Chances”
March 18th marked the 56th anniversary of the landmark US Supreme Court case Gideon v. Wainwright and National Public Defense Day. As a former investigator for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, current project director of the Right to Counsel National Campaign, justice reform advocate, and American citizen, I am proud to celebrate the public defense community and the clients – which could be any of us – they represent. Continue reading “In Defense of Public Defense”
The Justice in Government Project is delighted to announce the release of our new Toolkit!
What’s celebrated in March? In addition to St. Patrick’s Day, Women’s History Month, and National Criminal Justice Month, we also celebrate Social Work Month. In honor of the many contributions social work has made to treatment courts, I decided to highlight a person whose work is beneficial to the practices and procedures of treatment courts. Dr. Anne Dannerbeck Janku is an associate research professor at the University of Missouri. For almost two decades, she has conducted research on racial and ethnic disparities in treatment courts. Continue reading “A Social Work Professor Serves the Court”
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Michelle Alexander wrote in The New Jim Crow: “The fate of millions of people—indeed the future of the black community itself—may depend on the willingness of those who care about racial justice to re-examine their basic assumptions about the role of the criminal justice system in our society.”
February is Black History Month. It’s a time for everyone to reflect on the legacy of progress that black leaders have left throughout history in the fight for liberation, equitable treatment, and empowerment. It is also a time for white allies to examine what they could be doing better to interrupt their own racism and that of others, what it means to support black leadership, and how our nation’s policies continue to oppress black lives. And indeed, it is a time for white allies to heed Alexander’s call to re-examine the role of the criminal legal system in society.
This week in news – North Carolina’s juvenile justice system comes under question; researchers predict that the opioid crisis will continue to grow and take lives; and the Governor of Illinois progresses the state’s criminal justice reform initiatives. Check out this week’s news roundup!
This week in news – major criminal justice reform may be coming to Florida this year; Philadelphia’s juvenile justice reform initiatives takeover the spotlight; and Louisiana’s public defense system is crippled by the sheer number of cases assigned to public defenders. Stay tuned with JPO’s news roundup!
This week in the news – criminal justice reform is classified as a humanitarian issue in West Virginia, Purdue Pharma and several top executives are named in a lawsuit as profiteers of the opioid crisis, and a federal bill to support the expansion of veterans treatment courts nationwide is introduced in Congress. All these stories and more in this week’s news roundup. Continue reading “Friday News Roundup: February 1, 2019”
This week in the news – representatives in the House look to build on the success of the First Step Act; people imprisoned in New York protest facility conditions during the government shutdown; and the Indiana General Assembly moves toward a restructure of public defense in the state. All of these stories and more in this week’s news roundup. Continue reading “Friday News Roundup: January 25, 2019”
This week in news – the government shutdown delays criminal justice reform, youth justice reform initiatives are being discussed on the state level; and drug court participation declines in Oklahoma. All of these stories and more in this week’s news roundup.