Organize Justice

Organize Justice Organize Justice is working to restore democracy for those who have been disenfranchised by the criminal justice system. Conceived over many months of organizing and networking throughout Dallas and surrounding communities, Organize Justice was officially born in 2015.
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***Action Alert*** Ban the Box/Fair Chance Hiring under attack in Austin. Please sign to Say no to HB 577
03/31/2017
Don't kill Fair Chance/Ban the Box in Texas

***Action Alert*** Ban the Box/Fair Chance Hiring under attack in Austin. Please sign to Say no to HB 577

We want to work! Please let us have a fair chance at getting our foot in the door. Let us change the hearts and minds of businesses. Let us help make the economy better. Let us make an honest living and be able to pay for our family's apartment, our children's medicines and food, our own utility bil...

It is time for change in Dallas.
06/22/2016
Ban the Box in Dallas

It is time for change in Dallas.

It is well established that the path to stability for the formerly incarcerated is through employment, yet studies show that simply asking “Have You Been Convicted of a Felony?” is a major barrier on two levels. First, it sends a message to the applicant that it is hopeless to apply; second, it allo...

06/02/2016

Fair Chance Hiring/Ban the Box Update

The Dallas City Council had a great discussion today and Ban the Box/Fair Chance Hiring Policy is moving forward. Next a City Committee, most likely the Economic Development committee will work to bring stakeholders to the table to shape the prospective policy.

We will need to be firmly involved if we want to get a robust policy.

Shout out to Council Member Tiffinni Young for getting this council briefing on the table. #BanTheBoxDallas #justice #fairchance

Also a shout out to CM Casey Thomas for getting the word out to folks.

05/28/2016
DIY drugs, fights over food & prostitution: Worst jails in US exposed

Follow up to the story about ordinary citizens going undercover as prisoners- read on to see what they discovered during their harrowing 2 month mission.

The brave civilians posed as inmates for a documentary as they spent two months behind bars alongside dangerous thugs and drug dealers at Clark County Jail in Jefferson, Indiana.

The invisible 800,000+families, loved ones, and friends.... many are suffering from poor and uninformed policy, but the ...
05/26/2016
The War on S*x Offenders Is Replacing the War on Drugs

The invisible 800,000+families, loved ones, and friends.... many are suffering from poor and uninformed policy, but the country as a whole takes no notice.

“We have this enormous phenomenon that no one is paying attention to.”

"Incarcerated Oklahomans are also sons, daughters, husbands, wives, parents, and grandparents. And budget cuts are havin...
05/22/2016
The effects of budget cuts on Oklahoma prisons are hidden but dangerous

"Incarcerated Oklahomans are also sons, daughters, husbands, wives, parents, and grandparents. And budget cuts are having debilitating, and sometimes fatal, consequences in prisons. If we hope to allow formerly incarcerated Oklahomans a chance to turn their lives around and to return home as productive citizens and engaged community members, we need to invest in better conditions in our prisons — and we absolutely can’t allow them to deteriorate any further."

No state agency has escaped budget cuts unscathed. For many Oklahomans, the effects are most visible in their schools and communities, as their children lose teachers and their friends and neighbors lose needed health care services. Less visible is the toll that budget cuts have taken on Oklahoma’s ...

This is absurd. America, wake up! Do you realize that you are subjecting CHILDREN- the ones you supposedly are "trying t...
05/20/2016
When Kids Are S*x Offenders | Boston Review

This is absurd. America, wake up! Do you realize that you are subjecting CHILDREN- the ones you supposedly are "trying to protect"- to this madness?? Where are the considerations for youths as a protected class? Public notification that continues into adulthood for a youth offense with a •1%• recidivism rate is criminal.

"Youth s*x offenders on the registry experience severe psychological harm. They are stigmatized, isolated, often depressed. Many consider su***de, and some succeed. They and their families have experienced harassment and physical violence. They are sometimes shot at, beaten, even murdered; many are repeatedly threatened with violence. Some young people have to post signs stating ‘s*x offender lives here’ in the windows of their homes; others have to carry drivers’ licenses with ‘s*x offender’ printed on them in bright orange capital letters. Youth s*x offenders on the registry are sometimes denied access to education because residency restriction laws prevent them from being in or near a school. Youth s*x offender registrants despair of ever finding employment, even while they are burdened with mandatory fees that can reach into the hundreds of dollars on an annual basis."

Sally Mairs September 20, 2013Sally Mairs A new report by Human Rights Watch is calling attention to the effect of s*x offender registrations on juveniles—those who commit a s*x crime while under the age of eighteen. But many youth offenders are much younger than that: Throughout the United States,…

"The report, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, said Michigan “spends heavily” on corrections and spends less than...
04/26/2016
10 percent of Michigan kids have parents in prison

"The report, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, said Michigan “spends heavily” on corrections and spends less than it should on higher education for inmates and resources to help the families inmates leave behind when they are sentenced."

Report says impact can devastating, from poverty to stress; experts call for programs to help families

Cite and Release must pass in Dallas
03/26/2016
Cite and Release must pass in Dallas

Cite and Release must pass in Dallas

There's a lot of people in Dallas' jails for non-violent offenses who don't have to be there. Texas passed a Cite and Release law in 2007 permitting law enforcement to issue a citation for certain non-violent offenses and avoid pre-trial jail time. One of these non-violent offenses is Ma*****na Pos…

Intriguing and enlightening, this visual compilation by Prison Policy Initiative sheds light and offers insight on the c...
03/17/2016
Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2016 | Prison Policy Initiative

Intriguing and enlightening, this visual compilation by Prison Policy Initiative sheds light and offers insight on the carceral system- a place where confusing and even contradictory stats can reign supreme. A worthwhile read! #massincarceration

Report showing the number of people who are locked up in different types of facilities and why.

"In an instant, I went from being a regular high school kid in South Philly to being labeled a menace to society. I wasn...
03/16/2016
I Was A Juvenile In An Adult Prison

"In an instant, I went from being a regular high school kid in South Philly to being labeled a menace to society. I wasn’t even old enough to buy a pack ci******es or go to prom. A simple night of hanging with my friends turned into 60 months behind prison bars."

I went from being a high school kid to being labeled a menace to society.

"When we arrived at the prison, my brother and I were buzzing with energy. But our moods quickly fell. At check-in, the ...
03/11/2016
My dad spent years of my childhood in prison. His incarceration punished me too.

"When we arrived at the prison, my brother and I were buzzing with energy. But our moods quickly fell. At check-in, the guard informed us that my father was only allowed two visitors. Since my brother and I were minors, we had to be accompanied by our mother. That meant one of us couldn't see him. We had traveled 10 hours. We felt defeated.

The guards watched as my brother and I stood in the faded green waiting room debating who needed their dad more. In the end, I let him go. I sat alone in a folded yellow seat and sobbed."

I am 5 years old. I am playing on the kitchen floor when I hear it: J-A-I-L. My nana spells it out to my mom in the way adults do when they don't want children to know what they're saying. But...

"On a Tuesday afternoon in December, Richard Walker stood on the corner outside the city’s social services building and ...
03/09/2016
Many ex-felons don’t know they can get their right to vote restored

"On a Tuesday afternoon in December, Richard Walker stood on the corner outside the city’s social services building and hollered.

“Hey! I’m helping people who’ve got a felony conviction like me get their rights back. You know anybody like that?”

Walker, 57, called out to office workers in suits, the women in line for cheap cell phones, and the young man pushing a baby stroller down East Marshall Street.

He jogged alongside people hurrying toward a line of purple city buses who wanted to know more but risked missing their ride if they paused. He pressed fliers into the hands of people who said their cousin, son, or friend could use some help.

Every few minutes he brought someone back to a card table where he patiently explained the forms they would need to fill out to have their right to vote restored after a felony conviction. He showed them the form for nonviolent offenses and the one for more serious crimes.

...

Reformers say the concept — known as felony voter disenfranchisement — runs counter to basic ideas about democracy and leaves entire communities without a voice in close elections."

An estimated 5.85 million U.S. citizens cannot vote because they have a felony conviction on their record.

03/04/2016

No attorney and no consideration for circumstances before locking someone up for unpaid fines? All other points aside, it costs significant money to keep a person jailed! Thanks, Texas, for again failing to understand that "smart on crime" must include the smart part.
http://www.aclutx.org/blog/?p=4434

Completely innocent citizens become inmates and immerse themselves, experiencing everything a prisoner would. "The volun...
03/02/2016
Seven Innocent People Volunteer To Serve 60 Days In Prison To Show Real Life Behind Bars

Completely innocent citizens become inmates and immerse themselves, experiencing everything a prisoner would.

"The volunteers signed up to serve two months at the Clark Couny Jail in Jeffersonville, Indiana, to show what it's like to be incarcerated there."

They have never been committed of any crime, but seven ordinary citizens spend 60 days in jail to show real life behind bars.

"Texas labs and lawyers are reviewing pending prosecutions and thousands of adjudicated cases, including those of death ...
03/01/2016
Texas leading massive review of criminal cases based on change in DNA calculations

"Texas labs and lawyers are reviewing pending prosecutions and thousands of adjudicated cases, including those of death row defendants who had this type of [faulty] evidence presented at trial."

Texas criminal justice organizations have begun reviewing thousands of cases that relied on an outdated method for calculating the odds that a particular person left DNA evidence at a crime scene. [...] Texas labs and lawyers are reviewing pending prosecutions and thousands of adjudicated cases, inc…

Should Dallas County follow suit and ban red light cameras? Who do the cameras really protect, anyway... the safety of d...
02/29/2016
Arlington’s red-light camera ban eyed by activists elsewhere

Should Dallas County follow suit and ban red light cameras? Who do the cameras really protect, anyway... the safety of drivers and passengers or merely the interest of cities hoping to make a profit off of hefty fines? Congratulations to Arlington activists for a battle well fought!

Petition drives in other cities are possible, though the Legislature seems unlikely to pass a statewide ban.

"New laws have removed from judges much of their discretion to set a sentence that takes full account of the circumstanc...
02/28/2016
Too many laws, too many prisoners

"New laws have removed from judges much of their discretion to set a sentence that takes full account of the circumstances of the offence. Since no politician wants to be tarred as soft on crime, such laws, mandating minimum sentences, are seldom softened. On the contrary, they tend to get harder."

Never in the civilised world have so many been locked up for so little

"Is a kid's life worth more than the worst thing they've ever done?" The evocative documentary "Lost for Life" explores ...
02/28/2016
Lost for Life -- Resolution and Redemption

"Is a kid's life worth more than the worst thing they've ever done?" The evocative documentary "Lost for Life" explores stories of juveniles who were convicted of serious crimes as teens and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Read this Huffington Post interview, watch "Lost for Life" on Netflix, and decide for yourself. Is justice really being served- for the victims, families, and offenders themselves- by locking kids up for life?

Lost for Life -- a compelling new documentary about juvenile offenders who ...

02/27/2016
Unjust: How the Broken Criminal Justice System Fails LGBT People

A new report by the Center for American Progress examines discriminatory practices in criminal justice which disproportionately affect LGBTQ individuals. Surprising to learn that this happens much more than we might think! Have you or someone you know experienced justice discrimination because of s*xual orientation?

This video provides an overview of a report released on February 23, 2016, entitled "Unjust: How the Broken Criminal Justice System Fails LGBT People. The vi...

"One in nine black children has had a parent behind bars. One in thirteen black adults can't vote because of their crimi...
02/27/2016
Michelle Alexander

"One in nine black children has had a parent behind bars. One in thirteen black adults can't vote because of their criminal records. Discrimination on the job market deepens racial inequality. Not only does a criminal record make it harder to get hired, but studies find that a criminal record is more of a handicap for black men. Employers are willing to give people second chances, but less so if they're black."

Finally the mainstream media is beginning to acknowledge that much of our so-called "racial progress" evaporates once you account for all the black people locked in prisons and jails.

Did the hit docu-series "Making a Murderer" raise some questions in your mind about practices in the American legal syst...
02/26/2016
7 Crime Docs To Stream After You Finish ‘Making A Murderer'

Did the hit docu-series "Making a Murderer" raise some questions in your mind about practices in the American legal system? If you're craving more insight on what justice really looks like in America, check out these recommended documentaries over the weekend!

Clear your calendar.

Prison bus crash and inmates injured again?? What have we learned (or not) from last year's fatal bus crash? We do know ...
02/19/2016
Prison Bus Crash in Comanche County

Prison bus crash and inmates injured again?? What have we learned (or not) from last year's fatal bus crash? We do know that when inmates are shackled together for transport, the likelihood of injury increases. For more information, check out Albert Samaha's vivid recounting and analysis of last January's prison bus crash here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/albertsamaha/the-deadliest-prison-bus-crash-in-texas-history#.aqARYW4ELA

A bus has crashed in Comanche County, and initial reports say it may be a prison bus. Dozens of inmates and staff may been injured.

Texas prisons are filling up with the old and the ill — at enormous expense
02/16/2016
No Place for Old Men

Texas prisons are filling up with the old and the ill — at enormous expense

Texas prisons are filling up with the old and the ill — at enormous expense, both to Texas taxpayers and to health of the aging men behind bars.

"On the one hand, it’s understandable that Obama couldn’t bring himself to veto a bill that purports to protect children...
02/10/2016
Obama Just Signed a Really Bad Criminal Justice Law

"On the one hand, it’s understandable that Obama couldn’t bring himself to veto a bill that purports to protect children from s*xual predators. On the other, he should have been able to see that this law is unlikely to achieve anything besides making some Americans feel even more ostracized than they already do. That’s not criminal justice reform. It’s just politics."

After months of hype about the historic bipartisan consensus that we must make the American criminal justice system less harsh, President Obama finally ...

***Please Sign and share**** Urging President Obama to VETO HR 515!
02/04/2016
President Barack Obama: Veto HR 515-International Megan's Law

***Please Sign and share**** Urging President Obama to VETO HR 515!

On Monday, February 1st, The United States House of Representatives voted to send a bill to President Barack Obama that would for the first time in US history, mark certain citizens passports. HR515’s stated goal is to prevent child s*x trafficking and s*x tourism. Yet the bill’s wide-reaching scop…

Today is a crucial day, the House of Representatives will be voting to on the acceptance of the Senate amendments to HR ...
02/01/2016
HR 515- International Megan's Law

Today is a crucial day, the House of Representatives will be voting to on the acceptance of the Senate amendments to HR 515, or International Megan's Law. The vote is scheduled to take place at 6:30 EST.

To send a note directly to your Representative click: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/hr-515-international-megans-law

Over the weekend, we actually filled Speaker Ryan's voicemail box! We need to keep up this momentum, today let's try and keep his mailbox full. You can call and leave a message 202-225-0600, or if that's full, 202-225-3031.

Thank you so much!
Josh Gravens

PS: After you send a note to your Representative, try and give them a call. Irregardless of how they vote, it is vital we make those connections

IML Set for Concurrence Vote Tuesday, 26th We Must Act Now! NOTE that we are focusing on the AMENDMENT, trying to get the bill OFF the floor so that it is not voted on, and back into committee. This is a long shot but worth a try. Brenda===============ACTION ALERT!Contact YOUR national HOUSE represe…

01/31/2016
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The president's executive order is good news for those of us fighting this horror. For the first time in history, a US p...
01/28/2016
President's Order on Solitary Confinement Reverberates Beyond Youth Incarceration

The president's executive order is good news for those of us fighting this horror. For the first time in history, a US president is paying attention to this issue. The Department of Justice's new policies govern use of solitary across the federal system, and its newly issued guidelines are intended to set a standard to be followed in state prisons and county jails. It is these policies and guidelines that are the real news.

Despite their limited effects on juveniles, new federal guidelines on solitary signal broad policy shifts for adult prisoners.

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