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Reuben Jonathan Miller in conversation with Terah Lawyer

In partnership with Impact Justice, City Arts & Lectures presents Reuben Jonathan Miller in conversation with Terah Lawyer on March 8 at 6 p.m. PST. Reuben Jonathan Miller is a sociologist, criminologist and a social worker who teaches at the University of Chicago in the School of Social Service Administration where he studies and writes about … Continued

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Impact Justice is a national innovation and research center advancing new ideas and solutions for justice reform. Impact Justice was founded in 2015 on an idea: to create an organization that would imagine, innovate, and accept absolutely nothing about the status quo of our current justice system. We know the problems: too many people locked … Continued

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It’s my duty to help system-involved people like me

The first time I had a weapon pointed at me, it was by a police officer. I was 8 years old. The first time I was arrested, I was on my way to pick up video game controllers. Who knew it was then that I would feel like I never really had control of my … Continued

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sujatha baliga

sujatha baliga’s work is characterized by an equal dedication to crime survivors and people who have caused harm. She speaks publicly and inside prisons about her own experiences as a survivor of child sexual abuse and her path to forgiveness. A former victim advocate and public defender in New York and New Mexico, sujatha was … Continued

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Food In Prison

It is time to re-examine the message we are currently sending to and about some of the most vulnerable members of our society through the prison food experience. Food is an integral part of the human experience.  Sitting down to a meal is part of being human, and sharing good food with others connects us. … Continued

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Representation at arraignment: The impact of “Smart Defense” on due process and justice in Alameda County

This report explores the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office (ACPDO) implementation of the Smart Defense Initiative, which seeks to ensure representation at arraignment hearings. Previously, Alameda was the only county of its size in California that did not guarantee representation at arraignment hearings. With funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the ACPDO provided representation … Continued

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Michela Bowman

Michela Bowman has been the co-director of the National Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Resource Center (PRC) since its inception in 2010. The PRC is funded through a cooperative agreement between the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the Office of Justice Programs in the Department of Justice (DOJ), and Impact Justice. The PRC is charged … Continued