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Articles by Raj Jayadev

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 County Residents Describe Political Corruption Just Weeks Before Michael Brown Killing

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.

San Jose "COPS" Show Is A Bad Idea For Police Department

Bringing the show "COPS" to San Jose seemed a bizarre PR move at first, but given the timing, it can be downright damaging to police and community relations. This article was originally published in the San Jose Mercury News.

Cornealious "Mike" Anderson Gives Us Reason to Re-Examine Mandatory Sentences

He was sentenced to 13 years in prison, but due to a clerical error, was never sent to prison. So Anderson went on to live a product life in the community. When 13 years passed, and the prison realized their error, they took him into custody. This week, he got released, with time served. His case gives us a chance to re-think the absurdity if mandatory sentences.

Bronx Defenders and the Feng Shui of Public Defense

While some public defender offices have bullet proof glass separating clients from the staff, the Bronx Defenders has created a more welcoming approach, with an aesthetic resembling a community center. Both designs send a message.

The Untapped Movement: Why Challenging Mass Incarceration Hinges Upon a New Dynamic Between Communities and Public Defenders

By Raj Jayadev

Re-Booting the Silicon Valley Dream

As the Silicon Valley economy once again starts to surge, Raj Jayadev says this time the notion of the Silicon Valley dream, and who has access to it, should be expanded and democratized. This piece originally ran on The Left Hook.
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