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The Justice Programs Office (JPO), a center in the School of Public Affairs at American University, was established in 1989 to apply the tools of scholarship, professionalism, and "best practices" to the design and management of public programs, with particular attention to policy development and the administration of justice at the local, state, and federal levels of government. To carry out this mission, the JPO engages in training, technical assistance, and research and provides information and publication dissemination services to government officials, NGOs, and the public at large.
Mission: The Justice Programs Office (JPO), a center in the School of Public Affairs at American University, uses translational research, innovative solutions, and collaboration to advance an equitable justice system that promotes human dignity and respect.
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If you haven't already, check out the Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) Program Assessment Tool for treatment court professionals to better identify areas where racial and ethnic disparities may exist in their court program's policies, practices and procedures. It's an automated online assessment that produces a report as soon as you hit submit. Go to redtool.org and request a court ID.
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📅 August 4, 2:00 p.m. EST
Learn the dynamics of labor trafficking, and how criminal courts can help to reduce harm to survivors. https://rb.gy/wfho9o
An estimated 25 million people are labor trafficked worldwide. Despite the prevalence of labor trafficking, survivors are often overlooked and misidentified. Many are trafficked in common industries like housekeeping, restaurant services, and farm labor, and are thus hidden in plain sight. In crimin...
The Justice in Government Project’s (JGP) Karen Lash was quoted in a New Republic article uncovering the inequities of the civil legal system and the individuals behind a growing mobilization to fix them. Especially now, access to civil legal aid makes government more effective and furthers public priorities in housing, domestic abuse, employment, SSI benefits, health and mental health care, family services, and more. Read the article: https://newrepublic.com/article/158095/civil-legal-system-no-money-no-lawyer-no-justice
The vast, hidden inequities of the civil legal system
Today we commemorate Juneteenth known as the oldest commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union general Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas, that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free. #Juneteenth https://bit.ly/3ehcazz
Juneteenth has been celebrated since enslaved people in Texas were told about their freedom on June 19, 1865. Here's what you need to know about the holiday.
The COVID-19 pandemic is touching many aspects of the local judicial process. The change in procedures is raising questions about the legality of court plans, including concerns over how wearing masks or the placement of a jury may impact a trial and may violate Sixth Amendment rights. https://bit.ly/3d2paaF
When jury trials resume in San Mateo County on Monday, the courtrooms will look vastly different. The coronavirus pandemic is touching many aspects of the local judicial process.
Is it too early to end Emergency Bail Policy amid uncertainty regarding the spread of coronavirus? As states begin phased reopening amid the #COVID19 pandemic, they are also seeking to end $0 bail emergency orders. Bail Reform advocates say a $0 bail initiative helps prevent unnecessary incarceration of defendants who are stuck in jail simply because they can't afford bail. #BailReform https://bit.ly/2AvHV9d
As California continues its phased reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Judicial Council of California voted to end its $0 bail emergency order.
JPO continues to bring you information, resources, and news that will help you face your challenges, whether you are trying to figure out how to safely reopen your treatment court or working to ensure your client has the right to counsel or access to civil legal aid. This month, sign up for our webinar on drugs and human trafficking and check out our resources section for civil legal aid, veterans, and other resources. Stay safe and have a great June. https://conta.cc/3fbFHL5
Justice in Government Project and @NLADA released Just Research newsletter highlighting civil legal resources and new research related to veterans, reentry, and human trafficking that demonstrate how civil legal aid improves lives and makes governments more fair and effective. https://mailchi.mp/13a656febc5a/justresearchmay2020
Learn about the Access to Justice crisis COVID19 poses in courts and jails; find relevant resources for defenders and advocates; catch up on legislative efforts to ensure the #right2counsel and strengthen public defense. Check out our R2C Summer Newsletter! https://conta.cc/3eSlOIW
Following the senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery and the ensuing protests around the US and the world against injustice, Chrissy Tiegen and John Legend, supporting our First Amendment right to peacefully protest, offered $100,000 for #bailout for protesters. There have been numerous calls to end cash bail that criminalizes poverty, as people who are unable to afford bail are detained while they await trial for weeks or even months in jail. #BailReform
This article was originally published by The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization covering the U.S. criminal justice system. Sign up for their newsletter, or follow The Marshall Project on Facebook or Twitter. Public defenders rely on…
With jobless claims topping an unprecedented 30 million and counting, nearly half of American workers may be unemployed by mid-May. We are already in a recession; the only uncertainty is how bad it wi
National Institute of Corrections released Barracks Behind Bars II: In Veteran-Specific Housing Units, Veterans Help Veterans Help Themselves, a report that highlights programs in prisons that aim to improve outcomes for justice-involved #veteranshttps://s3.amazonaws.com/static.nicic.gov/Library/033092.pdf
A lack of data has created a massive roadblock for committees, task forces and legislators weighing potential major reforms to Maine’s criminal justice system. Last February, Maine Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Leigh Saufley reconvened the...
A recent @verainstitute report shows the 2019 "estimated midyear jail population was 1.8% higher than in midyear 2017, part of a 4-yr increase in the total US jail population.” Jail incarceration rates are up in rural jurisdictions & down in urban areas. https://www.vera.org/publications/people-in-jail-in-2
Court records show some judges critical of the pace of the Bureau of Prisons’ response to releasing people in federal facilities and taking action to release them, @washingtonpost reports. https://wapo.st/2WYOmZV
Court records show some judges lashing out at the pace of the Bureau of Prisons’ response and taking action to release inmates.
#COVID19 upended the semester for college students everywhere & thousands of incarcerated students are no exception. The difference: incarcerated people are cut off from the Internet & distance learning options are limited. Education is a #secondchance.
Many educators found workarounds now that they can no longer enter the prisons. But they fear the coronavirus could undermine a critical component: teaching in person
As long as social distancing means isolation, school cancellation & no family visits, should #juvenilejustice agencies provide learning, growth & hope? Only 10 states have announced steps to reduce the # of confined children at the state level. The Marshall Project reports.
"We're seeing higher levels of depression and anxiety and the isolation is creating problems for them and managing their recovery programs,” @utahpublicradio reports on how #COVID19 is impacting drug court. #drugcourtmonth #COVIDandtheCourts
Utah drug courts play an important role in addressing the state’s opioid epidemic, especially in rural communities. Now that efforts to mitigate the
This May, we celebrate our commitment to treatment courts. Check out our newsletter for our latest blog on quarantining & alcohol, federal funds for local courts, @right2counsel & the access to justice crisis, a new date for our #Veterans event, & more. Read it here: https://conta.cc/2WH0MFI
In honor of #GivingTuesdayNow, we applaud the volunteers who are sewing the protective masks now being used by those incarcerated and staff inside Denver County jails. These cloth masks limit the spread of #COVID19 and can be washed and reused-thank you!
With some catchy names and time on their hands, volunteers have helped power Colorado through its overwhelming demand by revving up their sewing machines
Courts are closing, w/ some video hearings & attempted social distancing. But w/ many people now out of work, the enforcement of court-ordered criminal fees and fines continues in many places, The Brennan Center says this needs to change. #COVIDandtheCourts
Even during normal times, fees and fines are an ineffective source of government revenue.
New Jersey #drugcourts are holding virtual sessions to help guide those in recovery during #COVID19. Last week 24/25 program participants scheduled to appear before a judge arrived on time by video conference. #opioidcrisis #COVIDandtheCourts
New Jersey drug courts have been holding virtual sessions to help guide those in recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We're looking forward to American Probation and Parole Association's webinar "COVID-19: How are #Veterans Treatment Courts Dealing with the Coronavirus?" Judges & Specialists will discuss emphasizing safety & maintaining community connections despite #COVID19. You can join too!
Many #CJReforms will be tested during #COVID19. Evaluating them will be more complicated than watching crime rates, as there's huge stress on public health systems, the economy, & reduced social support (incl mental health & substance abuse treatment).
The pandemic has managed to do what years of advocacy have not: transform the pace of criminal justice reform from a trickle to a torrent. But it may also strengthen opponents if results fall short of expectations, warn R Street Institute researchers.
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Systemic Racism Explained
A US Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows that while the unemployment rate for white citizens was 3.8% in 2017, the unemployment rate for black citizens was almost twice that amount at 7.5%. This is only one of the many indicators of systemic racism in our society. Watch act.tv's recent video to learn more about what systemic racism is, why it’s an issue, and how you can help to solve it.
Drug Courts Explained
We need better responses to drug misuse and the #OpioidEpidemic - Drug Courts are part of the solution!