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Category: Law & Justice

Zimmerman Verdict Exposes Systemic Racism in Jury Selection

Former public defender Aram James has seen the inner-workings of the courtroom for decades, and has long accused the system being inherently flawed. The ZImmerman verdict, he writes, is emblematic of systemic issues such as racial bias in jury selection that must be addressed if justice is ever to be achieved for black life like Trayvon Martin.

David Madrid Discusses Solutions to San Jose Violence on NBC's "Comunidad Del Valle"

Block to Block Radio host and longtime youth program developer David Madrid dives into the issues, challenges, and possible solutions to San Jose violence. He is joined by Robert Rios and show host Damian Trujillo.

Joseph Rodriguez Workshops: Covering the Children of Re-Entry

On June 27-28th, 2013 acclaimed photographer Joseph Rodriguez gave photo/multimedia workshops to New America Media youth and local university students on how to share the stories of families of re-entry in California. The trainings are part of a larger project supported by the Open Society Foundation.

Privacy Is Lost, And We Are All To Blame

If Americans are wary of being constantly monitored, we, too, are guilty of divulging our secrets -- we make spying on us easy, writes commentator Andrew Lam.

To Whom It May Concern: Community Forum on Policy to Restrict Mail to Jails

Recently, Santa Clara County jail officials proposed a policy to stop inmates from receiving letters. A wide cross-section of county residents – families of the incarcerated, the formerly incarcerated, faith leaders, re-entry service providers, civil rights and legal advocates – met with the officials to share their perspectives as to why letters are critical to maintain for inmates, their loved ones, and the community as a whole.

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.)
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