May 25, 2020
// Vanguard Court Watch Interns
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March 25, 2020
Leaders have a moral obligation to protect the millions of lives at risk FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rafael Medina, [email protected], 202.869.0390 WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and over 150 other groups called upon the National Governors Association (NGA), U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), and the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) to act immediately to help stem the […]
March 25, 2020
// The Philadelphia DAO media center
CONTACT: Jane Roh, District Attorney’s Office, 215–686–8711, [email protected] PHILADELPHIA (March 23, 2020) — District Attorney Larry Krasner on Monday called on the judiciary of the Commonwealth to act with greater urgency to safely reduce jail and prison populations to manageable levels in order to reduce crowding, promote social distancing, and prevent further outbreaks of the novel coronavirus in government […]
March 23, 2020
// The Detroit News
A Detroit attorney is pushing to have nonviolent and medically “vulnerable” Wayne County Jail inmates released from lockup while awaiting their trials and other court dates, citing possible risk of exposure to COVID-19. Read more
March 19, 2020
// Daily News
On Monday, March 16, José Garza, candidate for Travis County District Attorney, called on city and county law enforcement officials to radically change the way they administer criminal justice in response to COVID-19, focusing attention on the danger the virus poses to the 2,000 people locked up in Central Texas. Read more
February 19, 2020
// International Business Times
On the national level, President Donald Trump is appointing judges by the dozens to positions on US federal courts, ensuring a conservative tilt for a generation. But on the local level, a small group of progressive state prosecutors have been elected, and they have big ideas about criminal justice reform. Parisa Dehghani-Tafti — who is […]
January 2, 2020
// Washington Post
Adults possessing small amounts of marijuana for personal use will no longer be prosecuted in the region’s largest county, Fairfax County’s new prosecutor announced on his first day on the job Thursday. Read more…
November 22, 2019
// Washington Post
As prosecutors take larger role in reversing wrongful convictions, Philadelphia DA exonerates 10 men wrongly imprisoned for murder
‘Conviction Integrity Units’ have been established in 49 prosecutors’ offices across the country to review possible false convictions. Read more…
October 23, 2019
// Miami New Times
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has had a rough few weeks. She’s likely about to face the toughest election opponent of her career in 2020. Last week, a scathing USA Today investigative report revealed her office seemed to be teaching its prosecutors when to avoid telling defendants they were arrested by cops with histories […]
October 21, 2019
// Ms. Magazine
“Criminal justice is the biggest human rights issue in the U.S.,” Carroll Bogert, president of the non-profit criminal justice news platform The Marshall Project, declared from the stage Friday at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Humanitarian Symposium. “Why do we think civil rights happened here, and human rights happen somewhere else?” That was the question […]
October 15, 2019
As another World Mental Health Day passes, I think of all the Montes of the world — Black men like my brother who deserve care, dignity, and healing, but who instead face harm, neglect, and criminalization. Last week, I spent a grueling and sleepless 48 hours trying to locate, support, and find my brother — […]
September 26, 2019
// The San Francisco Examiner
Money bail is the system where innocent people can be kept in jail because they’re poor, while wealthy people who are guilty and dangerous go free. It’s time to end it. Read more…
September 20, 2019
They’re focusing on the war on drugs, but that’s not why most people are in prison. Read more…
August 15, 2019
// NY times
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles board of supervisors voted to cancel a nearly $2 billion contract for a new facility it had described as a mental health treatment facility and approved in February, in the face of opposition from activists who said the building was just a new jail in disguise.
August 6, 2019
// Clarion Ledger
Jody Owens is the next district attorney for Hinds County. Owens, former managing attorney at the Mississippi office of the Southern Poverty Law Center, defeated Jackson defense attorney Darla Palmer and veteran prosecutor Stanley Alexander in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. No independent or Republican entered the race.
August 5, 2019
// The New York Times
To fight mass incarceration, prosecutors need to give extreme sentences a second look.
July 30, 2019
// Teen Vogue
In cities from Philly to San Francisco, these progressive prosecutors and candidates want to transform the system from the inside out.
July 29, 2019
// Philly Voice
A week after Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long argued that the Inquirer’s Editorial Board “did not go far enough” in supporting the city’s district attorney against state officials seeking to usurp prosecutorial power in gun cases, two dozen faculty members at area universities and colleges have followed suit.
July 25, 2019
// The Guardian
Movement promising fundamental reforms to the US criminal justice system, including ending mass incarceration and the death penalty, is gaining steam.
July 18, 2019
California is moving toward transparency for bad cops. As we learn more about the violence, biases, misconduct, dishonesty, and abusive acts of law enforcement (in spite of recent efforts by police to erase the evidence) it’s easy to focus on the role cops play in the streets.
July 18, 2019
As advocates for criminal justice reform, we were encouraged to see The Inquirer’s Editorial Board stand up for District Attorney Larry Krasner last week in an editorial criticizing a new measure that seizes the district attorney’s authority to enforce laws in the manner that best serves the people of Philadelphia, who elected him to office […]
July 15, 2019
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner—who vowed as a candidate not to seek the death penalty—has asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to declare that the sentence, as applied, violates the state’s Constitution. Read more…
July 4, 2019
St. Louis Prosecutor Wesley Bell Launches Independent Unit to Hold Police Accountable | The Intercept
St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell, who was elected last year on a radical reform platform, has taken a huge new step in that direction, establishing a unit to tackle wrongful convictions and abuse by the police.
January 3, 2019
Bell fires veteran St. Louis County prosecutor who presented grand jury evidence in Michael Brown case | Post-Dispatch
On his second day in office, St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell fired the veteran assistant prosecutor Kathi Alizadeh, who was primarily responsible for presenting evidence to the grand jury that declined to indict a Ferguson police officer in the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown. Read more…
September 7, 2018
Underdog Criminal Justice Reformer Rachael Rollins Wins District Attorney Primary in Boston’s Suffolk County | The Intercept
Prosecutor and criminal justice reformer Rachael Rollins won the Democratic primary for district attorney in Boston’s Suffolk County on Tuesday, winning in a five-way race and defeating the leading establishment candidate by a 16-point margin. Read more…
September 5, 2018
Rachael Rollins, the Real Justice endorsed candidate for Suffolk County District Attorney, won her Democratic primary today and will advance to the November general election. Throughout the course of the campaign, Real Justice volunteers knocked 16,411 doors, sent 202,482 texts, and made 42,668 phone calls. “While conventional thinking said that the only option was the […]
August 8, 2018
As protesters faced off against police officers in the streets, Mr. Bell was forced to leave his home. As a black lawyer, he understood the protesters’ outrage, but he felt like the best way to fix the system would be from within. First, he ran for Ferguson City Council and won. And on Tuesday, in […]
June 4, 2018
These 7 California Races Will Affect How The Law Is Enforced For 12 Million Americans | Huffington Post
The results of seven key district attorney races in California on Tuesday could trigger vast changes in how the law is enforced for more than 12 million Americans.
May 23, 2018
In most district attorney elections, the campaign playbook is clear: Win over the local cops and talk tough on crime.But in California this year, the strategy is being turned on its head. Read more…
April 21, 2018
This week, thousands of San Diego voters received text messages like this. They were from real people with their real phones. If the recipient responded, they began an exchange. It was the work of the “distributed organizing team” at the Real Justice PAC. The group has developed a software platform that helps volunteers send many […]