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Jody Owens wins Hinds County district attorney’s race

August 6, 2019

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. Read more…

Two dozen Philly academics: Inky coverage undermines criminal justice reform

July 29, 2019

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. Read more…

L.A. Prosecutors Can Hold Cops More Accountable with One Simple List

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.

Rachael Rollins Wins Election for Suffolk District Attorney

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 […]

What Is the Real Justice PAC? | Voice of San Diego

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 […]

Revolutionaries join San Diego DA race | San Diego Reader

April 18, 2018

Ninety thousand dollars from Real Justice is credited in part for the March 6 success of Democrat Joe Gonzales, who prevailed over Democratic District Attorney Nicholas “Nico” LaHood with a 20-point margin of victory in a San Antonio, Texas primary. Read more…  

When Being “Tough on Crime” Is a Political Liability | Mother Jones

April 12, 2018

District attorney races are rarely competitive. Roughly 85 percent of incumbents run unopposed in campaigns that draw little fanfare. The result, some criminal justice experts say, is that tough-on-crime DAs have reigned for decades, driving a nearly 30-year surge in jail and prison populations with their aggressive charging and sentencing policies. Read more…

Why the Stephon Clark shooting will become a campaign issue | The Sacramento Bee

April 8, 2018

“We’ve seen too many unarmed African Americans killed at the hands of law enforcement for too long in this country,” he said. “Now it’s happened in our backyard. I’m hopeful we’ll use the death of Stephon Clark as a means to make sure we are seeking out justice for the victims of gun violence.”

The ACLU Is Canvassing Dallas For the District Attorney Race | Dallas Magazine

March 6, 2018

Elizabeth Frizell has been endorsed by activist Shaun King and his Real Justice PAC, as well as by grassroots groups like Texas Organizing Project, which interviewed both candidates. The organizing extends into raising money: King announced that his fundraising efforts had generated $100,000 for Frizell’s campaign. Read more…

Black Activist Starts Group That Aims To Elect Progressive Prosecutors | Huffington Post

February 15, 2018

Shaun King, a prominent black rights activist and writer, announced Thursday that he is co-founding a political action committee to help elect “reform-minded prosecutors” at the county and city levels. The Real Justice PAC plans to spend upward of $1 million to support campaigns by progressives running for district attorney offices this year. Read more…