FJP Releases – Fair and Just Prosecution

Fair and Just Prosecution Statement on Governor Newsom’s Order Releasing 8,000 in California Prisons

In this statement[36], FJP Executive Director Miriam Krinsky praised California Governor Gavin Newsom’s decision to release 8,000 individuals from state prisons, while also calling for more rapid and comprehensive decarceration and urging governors in other states to follow suit.

“All governors can learn from Governor Newsom’s leadership – and also from the cost of the state’s delay – and take dramatic action before their own states suffer similar or higher death tolls.”

More Than 80 Criminal Justice Leaders Call for Access to Life-Saving Overdose Prevention Sites

Over 80 local, state and federal criminal justice leaders filed an amicus curiae brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in United States v. Safehouse. The brief was filed in support of the nation’s first lifesaving overdose prevention site, which the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania found to be legal and in accordance with federal law. Signed by current and former elected prosecutors, police chiefs, sheriffs, and former U.S. Attorneys and Department of Justice officials, the brief argues that overdose prevention sites (OPS) are proven harm reduction tools that save lives, promote community trust in the justice system, and help alleviate the adverse impact of substance use disorder. For more, read the release[37] and brief[38].

“OPSs are evidence-based, public health-focused facilities that can help address the opioid crisis in a manner consistent with smart and effective criminal justice policies.”

57 Criminal Justice Leaders Rally Behind Landmark NJ Policy Limiting Local Entanglement in Federal Immigration Enforcement

Fifty-seven current and former elected prosecutors and law enforcement leaders filed an amicus curiae brief in support of New Jersey’s landmark Immigrant Trust Directive, a statewide policy that aims to fortify trust between immigrant communities and local law enforcement by limiting voluntary assistance in federal immigration enforcement activities. As the brief notes, when local law enforcement becomes involved in immigration enforcement it erodes public trust and exacerbates fear within immigrant communities, making them less likely to report crimes and cooperate with investigations, and leaving communities less safe. For more, read the release[39] and brief[40].

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