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

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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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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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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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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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Eating Behind Bars: Ending the Hidden Punishment of Food in Prison is the first national investigation of its kind. This six-part report explores the inequities and troubling trends in prison food, centering the perspectives of people who have been incarcerated while also examining food services policies and practices that affect more than 1.3 million people … Continued

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Daniel Bean

Daniel Bean is a senior program associate working with the National PREA Resource Center (PRC) working primarily with the Field Training Program.  Prior to joining the PRC, Daniel was the assistant jail superintendent at the York County (ME) Sheriff’s Office and was responsible for overseeing training and conducting investigations. During his last year with the … Continued

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Homecoming Project Participant Application

The Homecoming Project is an innovative re-entry housing program that matches formerly incarcerated people with community hosts for up to six months. If you know someone who: served or was sentenced to at least 10 years in prison and is either being released in the next six months or has been out for less than … Continued