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Category: Law & Justice

Building with Gideon’s Promise in North Carolina

We were honored to give a training session at Wake Forest University Law School to the next generation public defenders from across the South on how they can make social biography videos. The attorneys were a cohort of Gideon’s Promise, the amazing training program for Southern public defenders that is also focus of the HBO film Gideon’s Army.

3 Words: "Do Or Die" -- A Jean Melesaine Photo Essay

We traveled to a small city in St. Louis to do a video to stop a young man from being executed. When asked about his life he said, "You grow into the shape of the container you were raised in." To tell his story, we needed to tell the story of the city and era he grew up in. The city was war-torn from what many called a "storm"; a plague of violence, poverty, drugs, and incarceration. The height of that war was the 90's. We asked the community members who survived to describe their city during that period. The first person we asked, while showing his bullet wounds said, "Do Or Die".

Arrested While Brown: Chicago Police Profile Two Latino Health Care Advocates

Two young latino community organizers were arrested while trying to organize in a predominantly white neighborhood in Chicago when a neighbor had called the police for the two young men saying they looked like criminals. This piece was originally published in Equal Voice News.

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.

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

By Raj Jayadev

Returning To Life From Life: A Daughter's Journey To Freeing Her Mother From Prison

The first woman up for a potential re-sentencing in Santa Clara County due to Proposition 36 won her release. A 55-year-old grandmother, Lisa Carter had done 18 years of a life sentence due to the recently reformed 3 Strikes Law. Lisa’ third offense was $150 shoplifting charge. This video was also a part of New America Media's Children of Re-Entry Project.

Infographic: Santa Clara Community Supports Policy That Keeps ICE Out of Jails

This infographic shares the results of the first of its kind in the country survey, asking Santa Clara County community members (immigrant and non-immigrant) about how issues of trust are impacted by policies that keep ICE away from the local jail system.

1 Week at De-Bug: Family Brings Son Home from Immigration Detention, Other Family Stops a Life Sentence

Photos of a powerful week in De-Bug's Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project (ACJP), where families fight to bring their loved homes home from jail, prison, and immigration detention. At Sunday's meeting, one family brought a son home from immigration detention after two years, on Tuesday's meeting, one family brings a son home who was facing a life sentence. To stay updated on the work, follow www.acjusticeproject.org.

4 Reasons Why San Jose/Santa Clara County Is a National Leader in Social Justice

Heading into Fall, De-Bug wants to acknowledge the nationally significant policy wins in criminal justice reform, police accountability, and immigration that occurred this Summer -- all of which make were first-of-its-kind victories in their respective fields.

The Trust Index: Survey Results on Community Responses to Immigrant Detainer Policy

A snapshot of the results of our survey conducted to measure the level of "trust" from the current policy which stops ICE from entering Santa Clara County's local jails. This project was conducted in coordination with the partners of the Santa Clara County Forum for Immigrants Rights and Education (SCC FIRE).
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