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Jason Baldwin (Advocate for CJReform) interviewed on Actual Innocence Podcast

I listen to a lot of podcasts- I’ve heard countless episodes.  But some episodes really stand out and I feel obligated to spread the word- hoping others will benefit from listening. The insight and wisdom that comes from real life survival stories is difficult to match.  Jason Baldwin stands out among them all.  Some day he’ll be universally recognized for… Read more »

Another Record Year Exposing Wrongful Convictions

Some exciting news today from the world of Wrongful Convictions and Criminal Justice Reform.  2016 saw another record high number of exonerations, a trend for the last three years.  If you don’t read the whole study, at least read this: it is likely that at least several thousand defendants have been falsely convicted of murder in the time period covered… Read more »

What is a Peace Officer? (Cops, Peace, & CJReform)

Tezi and I watched yet another powerful and unforgettable documentary over the past couple days.  I want to share it here with you. Peace Officer is a film about the militarization of police departments/tactics and/or the need for heightened police action/equipment to keep officers (and the community) safe.  It depends on how you look at it.  This documentary, though perhaps not… Read more »

Reality of Wrongful Conviction is a Hard Message to Hear

People dislike change.  People like going with the flow.  We find comfort in our faith in the institutions that surround us.  Nobody wants to be disturbed, to feel disturbed or troubled.  People don’t like being confronted with unpleasant realities.  It’s human nature.  We are creatures of comfort.  We’re creatures of habit and routine, and integral parts of those routines are… Read more »

Just Bryan Stevenson, Just an Advocate for Criminal Justice Reform, Just Mercy

I’d like to introduce you to one of my heroes. His name is Bryan Stevenson. He is the founder and director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. He’s dedicated his professional life to fighting for the rights of some of society’s most marginalized people, such as those on Death Row, those incarcerated both wrongfully and rightfully, racial minorities,… Read more »

In the Courtroom, Narratives Carry the Day, Not the Facts

Rabia Chaudry’s words here on our judicial system are just too important not to be read and shared by everyone.  Please take a moment to read and digest these words; they speak a profound (and disturbing) truth about how our court systems really work.   We like to think that “just the facts, ma’am” and “the letter of the law”… Read more »

The Collision of “Law & Order” and Criminal Justice Reform

There was another terrorist attack last night- just hours before midnight- this time in Istanbul, Turkey.  Some 39 people have been killed.   The Rose Parade is coming up here in Southern California this morning and barricades have been put up along the parade path to protect people from truck stampede attacks, such as we’ve seen now in Germany and France.  These… Read more »

Pre-Trial Delays Play Into The Hands Of The Prosecution

I wanted to bring your attention to a very important article that highlights but one of the myriad problems facing our criminal justice system.   Read the article here. Though I’m sure it’s a problem in other cities around the country, Chicago has a particularly disturbing “culture” wherein police routinely fail to show up for their court appearances, thereby delaying… Read more »

To Watch Out For The Bogeyman Judicial System

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We tell our kids about the bogeyman, the bad people –who to watch out for- but we don’t teach them how to watch out for the judicial system. – Troilyn Robinson – Mother of two incarcerated sons – Unprisoned Podcast – (stories from the system) – March 2, 2016 One of the common threads in practically all exonerees personal stories is that prior to their arrests and… Read more »

Too Many People In Prison… For Too Long A Time

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Too many people in prison For too many laws For too long a time We need to rethink some of that. True words indeed, Grover Norquist. Even on Christmas- especially on Christmas!- we need to remember that our criminal justice system is broken and innocent people are suffering even at this very moment. With over 2.2 MILLION people currently incarcerated… Read more »