FJP Releases – Fair and Just Prosecution

“Enforcement of laws that criminalize healthcare decisions would shatter…precedent, impose untenable choices on victims and healthcare providers, and erode trust in the integrity of our justice system. To fulfill our obligations as prosecutors and ministers of justice to preserve the integrity of the system and keep our communities safe and healthy, it is imperative that we use our discretion to decline to prosecute personal healthcare choices criminalized under such laws.”

Fair and Just Prosecution Statement in Response to Weakening of DOJ Election Interference Policy

Fair and Just Prosecution Executive Director Miriam Krinsky issued this statement[12] in response to reports that the US Department of Justice has weakened its long-standing prohibition against interfering in elections. Historically, avoiding election interference has been a fundamental overarching principle that guided DOJ policy on the timing of announcements in regard to voting-related crimes. In particular, DOJ policy has generally barred prosecutors not only from making any announcement about ongoing investigations, but also from taking public steps before a vote is finalized because the publicity could tip the balance of a race.

“At a time when trust in police is at a historic low, it is critical that all law enforcement officials do whatever they can to build faith in the legitimacy of our democratic institutions. This change in policy has the potential to be a profoundly damaging step in the wrong direction.”

New Project Finds Modern Death Penalty Deeply Entangled with N.C.’s History of Racism

The Center for Death Penalty Litigation, in collaboration with scholars, advocates, artists, historians, poets, and people directly affected by the death penalty, launched a new online project, Racist Roots: Origins of North Carolina’s Death Penalty[13]. The project places the state’s death penalty in the context of 400 years of history and exposes its deep entanglement with slavery, lynching, Jim Crow, and modern systemic racism. The site features an essay[14] by FJP Executive Director Miriam Krinsky and Director of Strategic Initiatives Liz Komar on a new generation of prosecutors who are saying no to capital punishment. Read the release[15] and visit the Racist Roots website[16].

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