FJP Releases – Fair and Just Prosecution

“I have a duty to protect the health and safety of every member of my community. Yet, when it comes to opioid use, we are hampered in that effort by a system that looks to outdated criminal justice responses, rather than the public health strategies we know work.”

Elected Prosecutors Use their Discretion and Refuse to Enforce Abortion Bans

42 elected prosecutors joined in a statement making clear their collective view that prosecutors should use their discretion and refuse to criminalize abortion decisions. Noting recently enacted laws that seek to ban abortions, the statement argues that these laws violate constitutionally-protected rights and create untenable choices for women and healthcare providers. The statement notes that community trust is the foundation for a functioning justice system and discusses why prosecutors should use their discretion to decline to prosecute personal healthcare decisions that have been protected by settled law for nearly 50 years. Reach out to FJP here if you are a prosecutor interested in joining the statement. Read the press release.[79][80][81]

“Elected prosecutors exercise their weighty discretion every day when choosing which charges, cases, and societal challenges to focus on. At the heart of these decisions is the question: How do I use my resources to bring about justice and make our communities safer? Criminalizing personal health decisions would fail to bring about justice and would harm rather than protect the community.”
– Ingham County (Lansing, MI) Prosecuting Attorney Carol Siemon

Law Enforcement Leaders and Elected Prosecutors Call for Medication-Assisted Treatment for Individuals in Custody Struggling with Substance Use

Law enforcement and criminal justice leaders joined in a letter calling for the expansion of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for individuals in county jails and prisons dealing with opioid use challenges. The letter – signed by 58 current and former elected local sheriffs, current elected prosecutors and other law enforcement leaders – cites extensive research that demonstrates the benefits of MAT in increasing long-term recovery rates and preventing fatal overdoses upon release, underscoring the value of bringing life-saving harm reduction practices to correctional settings everywhere. Read the press release[82] and letter[83].

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