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Category: Law & Justice

1377 Years of "Time Saved" from Incarceration Due to Family Organizing

The term "Time Served" is used in courts across the country to show the amount of time someone has been incarceration. The Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project, through family organizing, beats charges and reduces sentences. In turn, they turn "Time Served" into "Time Saved." In this new running blog (www.time-saved.org), we tally the amount of time saved through this organizing model. As of June 2013, we have reached 1377 years and nine months of time saved. Click the image to see the stories behind the numbers, and stay tuned for more to come...

ACJP Video Profile: Xavier’s Bright Future

Xavier España is 19 years old, and though young, says he has already learned important life lessons that have focused him for his future. He is an Evergreen College student, a parishioner of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and works at his uncle’s auto body repair shop. Xavier is currently entangled in the court system.

For Those Behind The Walls, Letters Are Our Lifelines

There is currently a proposal to dramatically restrict inmates in the Santa Clara County jail system from receiving letters. Steeda McGruder, founder of Sisters That Been There, writes about the profound power of receiving letters while incarcerated, and shares correspondence from women currently behind the walls who write about the "life-saving" value of letters.

Kern Residents -- Fatal Police Beating Didn't Happen in a Vacuum

National media attention may help prompt a public backlash against abusive behavior by law enforcement in this heavily Latino region of California. See addition at end of article from San Jose Police Department Duty Manual on "Onlooker" policy.

VIDEO: Transforming the Courts Through Family and Community Participation

As ACJP launches a new training series for organizations to impact their local court system, we are releasing this mini-documentary to give a glimpse into the stories, strategies, and triumphs we have witnessed. From a mother freeing her son, to a church creating an ACJP hub, this video shows the early stages of our growth (recorded a year and a half ago.)

Mother's Day Math: A Mother's Love > The System

We dedicate this Mother's Day to all the moms of the Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project who fight for their children's freedom. Their enduring love ultimately is greater than the criminal justice and immigration systems which threaten to separate their families.

The People's Court - Why Community Organizing Is the Way to Realize Gideon's Promise

Next week marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most significant Supreme Court decisions this country’s criminal justice system has ever known – Gideon v. Wainwright (1963), which guaranteed criminal defendants the right to a defense attorney regardless of their ability to pay.

In the Isolation of Immigration Court, A Son Finds His Mother

Photographer Charisse Domingo captures a powerful, yet rare, moment of family connection in the separating experience of immigration court.

Sisters That Been There Reflect on Documentary "Crime After Crime"

As an installment of Sisters That Been There weekly writing posts, the women respond to the acclaimed film "Crime After Crime" -- a documentary centered around a woman who found freedom after 27 years of wrongful incarceration.

How Family Letters Beat a Juvenile Hall Sentence and a Potential Deportation

A profile of an ACJP San Mateo case where letters from the family changed the outcome of a juvenile criminal case that had immigration consequences.
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