FJP Releases – Fair and Just Prosecution

“As front-line public safety experts, we believe that responsible regulation and control of marijuana will be more beneficial to society than prohibiting and criminalizing it.”

More Than 60 Criminal Justice Leaders Urge VA Supreme Court to Protect Prosecutorial Discretion

Today, over 60 current and former prosecutors filed an amicus brief urging the Virginia Supreme Court to protect independent prosecutorial discretion. The brief supports a petition for writ of prohibition on behalf of Commonwealth’s Attorney Parisa Dehghani-Tafti challenging an order by the Arlington County Circuit Court requiring detailed written justification by CA Dehghani-Tafti for decisions to dismiss, charge, and settle cases in her jurisdiction. In their brief, amici argue that this unprecedented and sweeping order is a clear violation of well-settled prosecutorial independence, an infringement on the will of the people of Virginia, and a threat to public safety. For more, read the release[29] and brief[30].

“This intense scrutiny into purely prosecutorial functions is unprecedented, at odds with the well settled discretion of prosecutors, unwarranted, and potentially harmful.”

Over 70 Prosecutors and Youth Correctional Administrators Advocate for Closing Youth Prisons

The United States has long been the global leader in youth incarceration, locking up young people at a far higher rate than other industrialized nations, resulting in further trauma and fraying family and social ties, rather than improving children’s lives. By any measure, the United States’ overuse of incarceration for youth is ineffective, inefficient and inhumane. More than 70 elected prosecutors, youth correctional administrators and law enforcement leaders called for the closure of all youth prisons in the country in a joint statement with Youth Correctional Leaders for Justice. Read the release[31] and statement[32].

“Youth justice should help both communities and youth themselves to be healthy, thriving, and safe. Our current approach too often leaves youth further traumatized and less able to pursue a productive and positive adult future, largely because we continue to rely on archaic, dangerous, adult-style correctional institutions – youth prisons – as the anchor of our system. These failures leave our communities less safe.”

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