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La Cole Archuletta

La Cole has more than 30 years of experience in corrections, having worked in both male and female prisons, community corrections, and parole. She held various management positions and oversaw residential community corrections programs including specialized programs such as therapeutic community, youthful offenders, boot camp, and a work release program in a county jail. She … Continued



Photographer: Nikki Arai Source: Oakland High School students participate in funeral for Black Panther Bobby Hutton, killed by Oakland Police in 1968. Photographer: betto rodrigues Source: Shutterstock Los Angeles, CA - July 12, 2016 - Black lives matter protestor crying during march on City Hall following ruling on LAPD fatal shooting of African American female … Continued

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Homecoming Project wins Ivory Prize for Housing Affordability

We’re thrilled to announce that Impact Justice’s Homecoming Project has been selected for a 2021 Ivory Prize for Housing Affordability. Presented by Ivory Innovations, this national award recognizes the most ambitious, feasible, and scalable solutions to housing affordability. The Homecoming Project took home the top prize in the Public Policy and Regulatory Reform category. Public … Continued

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About Us

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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Mica Astion

Mica Astion is a senior program manager for the PREA Resource Center (PRC) and leads the PREA audit function, including the development, implementation, and maintenance of the Online Audit System and other tools related to conducting proper audits under the PREA Standards. Mica works directly with auditors, agencies, and facilities across the nation and at … 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



Board of Directors Anthony GarrettMemberRick JacobusTreasurerGreg VargasMember Advisory Board Antony Bugg-Levine CEO, Nonprofit Finance Fund Ces Butner President/CEO, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Dr. Todd Clear Provost, Rutgers University and past Board Chair of National Council on Crime & Delinquency Maeghan Gilmore Director, Government Affairs for the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness Frankie Guzman Counsel, … 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