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Articles by Raj Jayadev

Kalief Browder's Death Shows the Lethality of Our Broken Court System

To call the death of 22-year-old Kalief Browder a suicide is not the full truth. Kalief Browder may have hung himself, but he was killed by the brokenness of our court system.

San José Should Increase the Power of the Independent Police Auditor

As our current Independent Police Auditor, Judge LaDoris Cordell steps down, "we are entering arguably the most fluid moment in recent history for San José police-community relations," says Raj Jayadev. Read the op-ed he wrote for the Mercury News calling for greater civilian oversight in San José.

The Story of Participatory Defense

We have told this story at dinner tables, conferences, and courthouse hallways across the country. Here is the story of how participatory defense came to be.

Photos and Reflections: Why Ferguson Shows The Need For A Court Accountability Movement

De-Bug was in Ferguson and neighboring municipalities last week as their courts faced national pressure from a scathing Department of Justice report. But we found the problem is not just in Ferguson. Read the reflection from Raj Jayadev, and view the photo profiles by Jean Melesaine, to meet the people who have bore the brunt of a predatory courts, and are becoming the movement to bring the injustice to an end. This piece first appeared in the Huffington Post.

Why the Movements to End Police Violence and Mass Incarceration Are One in the Same

Raj Jayadev writes that while "this new national inflection point regarding police accountability has led to calls for diversifying police forces, equipping officers with body cameras, and reforming departments, it is also an opening to examine and transform the system in its totality."

The Time Saved Documentary Series: The Lisa Coulter Story

On December 10th, De-Bug/ACJP premiered a new documentary series chronicling the stories of families and public defenders who are working to turn "time served" into "time saved" at a launch party in San Jose, CA. The series, which will unfold with stories from across the country, captures in moment footage along the family's journey. This episode features Lisa Coulter, who had done 18 years of a life sentence and was potentially eligible for release at the time of our recording. Click here for more on Time Saved or the Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project.

VIDEO: St. Louis Supreme Court Decision Re

As communities across the country express outrage over the grand jury decision not to indict Darrell Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, another relevant case from the area is proceeding to trial. Sylvester Caldwell, the Mayor of Pine Lawn, a neighboring town to Ferguson has been indicted on federal charges of extortion. The following is a video from Pine Lawn and Ferguson residents describing the political corruption in these small municipalities that allowed for the racially targeted police violence to fester. The footage was captured when De-Bug producers were in the Ferguson area just two weeks before the shooting death of Michael Brown. For more context regarding wrongful arrests in North St.Louis County, please read the report released by our friends at the ArchCity Defenders.

Shifting From Prisons To Schools: Redemption In California

Raj Jayadev writes how passing Proposition 47 may mean the redemption of California.

The Anatomy of an 'Un-Organization': Explaining #DebugScience

De-Bug's Raj Jayadev was asked to write a piece for Equal Voices News about De-Bug's approach and philosophy. In an opinion essay, Raj cites the Spurs and Buddha.

Thank You Kevin

Figured the best way to honor Kevin Weston was to do what he always instructed: write.
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