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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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USDA Grant Funds Innovation in New England Farm to Corrections Work

We’re thrilled to announce that Impact Justice was recently awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. One of 36 awards provided through the USDA’s competitive Regional Food System Partnerships Program, the grant will allow us to break through barriers and work toward increasing the amount of locally and regionally-grown foods in jails and prisons … Continued

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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

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Central California Regional Manager

(Part-Time Position in Fresno / Surrounding Counties) Who We Are Impact Justice advances safety, justice, and opportunity through boundary-breaking work that honors and empowers people and is changing expectations about what we can accomplish together. We imagine, build, and scale innovations, leverage research and other knowledge to connect the desire for change with informed action, … Continued

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2023 Application

California Justice Leaders-Americorps elevates justice-involved young adults as peer navigators and community leaders. Join the programHave you been impacted by the justice system? Do you want to gain professional skills while helping youth successfully navigate their re-entry journeys? Come join the California Justice Leaders - AmeriCorps team! Apply Young people who’ve experienced incarceration face enormous … Continued

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Northern California Regional Manager

full-time position in oakland, ca Who We Are  Impact Justice advances safety, justice, and opportunity through boundary-breaking work that honors and empowers people and is changing expectations about what we can accomplish together. We imagine, build, and scale innovations, leverage research and other knowledge to connect the desire for change with informed action, and work … Continued

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The Food in Prison Project: A Fact Sheet

Healthy food does more than nourish our bodies. Sitting down to a meal is part of being human, and sharing good food with others connects us. This fundamental role of food in people’s lives is denied every day to men and women in prison when meals become another form of punishment — unhealthy, unappealing and … 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