FJP Releases – Fair and Just Prosecution

“A prosecutor’s role does not end at the prison door. As members of the community tasked with enhancing public safety, we are obligated to use our voices to ensure in those instances when people absolutely must be incarcerated, they leave custody in a position to safely reenter their communities.”
– Chittenden County (VT) State’s Attorney Sarah George

Criminal Justice Leaders Speak Out in Support of Reforms to Address Past Injustices

Criminal justice leaders from around the nation spoke out in support of Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s efforts to ensure that prosecutors have a legal mechanism to correct past instances of injustice. The statement[84] – joined in by 55 current and former elected prosecutors, and other law enforcement and criminal justice officials – underscores the obligation of prosecutors, as “administrators of justice,” to zealously pursue justice at all times, including by addressing and remedying past convictions and dispositions that no longer represent a fair or just result.

Legal Experts Rally Behind California Law to Keep More Kids Out of the Adult Justice System

Over 100 legal scholars from 18 law schools in California joined in a white paper[85] supporting the constitutionality of a new state law that prevents children below the age of 16 from being prosecuted or sentenced in the adult criminal system. As the white paper argues, these sensible reforms are not only constitutional, but also based on what over two decades of brain development research has demonstrated. Children aged 14 and 15 are kids and should be treated as such – not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it is the best way to promote long term public safety.

Amicus Brief with Over 80 Signators Challenges Money Bail as Unconstitutional in Federal Appellate Court Case

Over 80 criminal justice leaders – including over 40 current and former prosecutors, Attorneys General, and former U.S. Attorneys and judges representing 33 states and D.C. – filed an amicus brief in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Amici argue that Dallas County’s practice of detaining individuals pretrial based solely on their inability to pay pre-determined bail amounts is unconstitutional. Read the press release here[86] and brief here[87].

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