We take a three-legged approach that centers our impacted community. Participatory Defense and Pretrial Accountability are both informed by our CourtWatch Team! As the government changes how it practices the “presumption of innocence”, our community table creates engagement to hold system actors accountable to humane practices and civil rights. This is THE HANDS-ON WORK needed to gather evidence, find patterns and respond to educate our decision-makers.
POLICY AND LEGAL OUTCOMES (PLO)
This table gets down in the weeds with system drivers. Participants are J2J’s strategy and priority leads to determine focal topics. Experts also serve as a think tank and strategic umbrella for J2J workgroups. Since COVID-19, this has been much more difficult to navigate. With courts not operating as usual, the team is temporarily redirecting focus to priorities that we can affect remotely.
Community Corrections Partnership
AB109 Prison Realignment
(Policy Educatoin-2011 Realignment)
J2J’s Research and Reporting Team Could Use Your Help! The Pretrial Services Booklet, Sacramento’s Lifecycle of Criminalization, cash bail and pretrial services education, public records requests, amplifying data and statistics, opinions and editorials are all necessary components to system accountability.
SNAPSHOT: Three Critical Criminal Justice Programs
FINE & FEE JUSTICE AND RECORDS CLEARANCE
FFJ: The City and County have been very committed to centering J2J’s community table during their Financial Justice Project-PolicyLink grant process.
We also address Driver’s License Restoration, confinement fees--like phone calls, mandated, self-pay surveillance, administrative fees, Records Clearance / Expungement and other fine and fee barriers to full inclusion in society. We’re asking questions like…
Why does our county charge a service fee if you can’t pay your traffic ticket all at once? How does that make sense—asking people to pay more when they don’t have enough to pay the fine to begin with?
Why is the county trying to collect dollars for imposed punishments on people who are over-policed, under-resourced, likely from disinvested neighborhoods and who are already struggling financially?
Why do local enforcement agencies, tow, impound, and confiscate vehicles at owner’s expense while the city and county agencies benefit?