The Arizona Charitable Tax Credit and the Justice Project, Inc.

The Arizona Charitable Tax Credit

The Arizona Charitable Tax Credit program allows you to donate to the Arizona Justice Project, while receiving a tax credit on your Arizona state taxes. This is not just another deduction—it is a true tax credit that reduces the amount you owe the state dollar-for-dollar. And, you can take advantage of the Charitable Tax Credit while utilizing other Arizona tax credits in the same year. You don’t have to itemize to claim the credit, and it may also be deductible on your federal income tax return.

Simply make a donation to the Arizona Justice Project by December 31, 2015 and you can receive a tax credit of up to $400 per family (filing jointly) or $200 per individual.

How does it work?

To take advantage of this tax credit:

  • Donate to an organization that serves the working poor. The Arizona Justice Project qualifies!
  • Prepare your taxes, identifying your charitable contributions. Complete AZ Form 321 and include it with your state tax forms.
  • You can find the AZ Form 321 at http://azcredits.org/working-poor-tax-credit/.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How does the Arizona Justice Project utilize the Charitable Tax Credit dollars

  • 100% of your tax credit dollars support us in achieving justice for the innocent and wrongfully imprisoned in Arizona.

Can I claim this tax credit and still donate to the school tax credit programs?

  • YES! The programs are separate tax credits, so you can claim any that you contribute towards.

When is the deadline to contribute?

  • The Charitable Tax Credit is an ongoing program, but your contribution to the Arizona Justice Project must be made by December 2015.

To Donate:

  • Write a check made payable to “Arizona Justice Project, Inc.” Write “tax credit” in the memo line.
  • Send it to:

Arizona Justice Project, Inc.

c/o AZ State Univ.

Mail Code 4420

411 N. Central Avenue, Suite 600

Phoenix, AZ 85004

OR visit www.azjusticeproject.org to make a secure online donation.

More Information regarding the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit can be found on the AZ Dept. of Revenue website, www.revenue.state.az.us or by calling Tax Payer Assistance at (800) 352-4090.

 

CNN: Prison system is failing America

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CNN: Prison system is failing America

The numbers are arresting.

If Americans under correctional supervision counted as a city of their own, they would form the largest city in the United States after New York.

The number of people in prison, on parole or on probation, 6.9 million Americans, exceeds the populations of the second- and third-largest cities, Los Angeles and Chicago, combined. Or the size of the next four — Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix and San Antonio — put together.

Thirty-eight U.S. states are home to fewer people than live under the corrections system in this country. There are about as many people behind bars as live in Chicago. That’s one in every 108 Americans. One in 35 are under some form of correctional supervision.

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Would Obama recognize criminal justice reform if it stuck him in the eye?

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Harvey Silverglate: Would Obama recognize criminal justice reform if it stuck him in the eye?

This week’s panel on criminal justice reform, filmed at the White House and live-streamed on The Marshall Project’s website, had the potential to inform the public of the real and hidden problems that plague our state and federal justice systems. But the wrong people were invited to join Keller and the president, and the conversation suffered for it.

It is sometimes said by us criminal defense lawyers — with a dose of cynicism — that in the halls of justice, justice is often done in the halls.  Read more, click here!

Also sharing: Innocence Project’s Commentary re this article: http://www.innocenceproject.org/news-events-exonerations/the-problem-of-wrongful-convictions-must-be-2018central2019-to-criminal-justice-reform-efforts-warn-experts

‘Huge Step’: FCC Slashes Costs of Prison Phone Calls

Federal regulators took new steps on Thursday to slash the cost of calls in prison, which they said can run as high as $14 a minute.

The move by the Federal Communications Commission was described as a “huge step forward” by one reform group and denounced as “wrong-headed” by a phone service provider that vowed to lead an industry challenge.

The FCC’s decision eliminates or limits fees commonly tacked on by providers. It also caps the maximum cost of a 15-minute in-state or local call at $1.65 and lowers the per-minute rate.

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The big paradox of justice in America, by Justin Roman

“There were about 250,000 jail beds in the early 1980s, and today there are more than 800,000 … Prosecutors have more beds to fill and they are doing so, and as a result more arrestees find themselves serving prison sentences than ever before. And some of them may be innocent.”

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Washington Post’s Justin Roman reports on “The big paradox of justice in America”

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Arizona Horizon – ASU Post-Conviction Clinic and the Arizona Justice Project

Host: Ted Simons

ASU Post-conviction Clinic

  • Arizona State University’s Post-conviction Clinic seeks to help inmates who are innocent but have been convicted of a crime. The clinic recently received a new grant from the National Institute of Justice. Katherine Puzauskas, executive director of the Arizona Justice Project, and Robert Dormady, a law fellow at ASU Law and program coordinator for the Post-Conviction Clinic, will tell us more.

Guests:

  • Katherine Puzauskas – executive director of the Arizona Justice Project.
  • Robert Dormady – law fellow at ASU Law and program coordinator for the Post-Conviction Clinic

Category: Law   |   Keywords: wrongful, conviction, inmate, justice, innocent, law,

Video Link: http://www.azpbs.org/arizonahorizon/detailvid.php?id=15705

Advances in DNA Testing Could Put Thousands of Texas Cases in Legal Limbo, By Meagan Flynn, Houston Press

Advances in DNA Testing Could Put Thousands of Texas Cases in Legal Limbo

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Five days after a Houston woman was raped by two men, she was driving down the street when she spotted 16-year-old Josiah Sutton. She thought she recognized his hat, and then immediately identified him as one of her attackers. Claiming his innocence, Sutton obligingly provided investigators blood and saliva samples—but months later, in July 1999, that DNA evidence would be the linchpin in his conviction.

The Houston Crime Lab, after looking at a mixed DNA sample from semen in the woman’s car, had concluded that the chances were 1 in 674,000 that another black person shared Sutton’s DNA pattern. An analyst told jurors that “no two persons will have the same DNA except in the case of identical twins.” The message to jurors was unambiguous: DNA testing proved that Sutton committed the crime.

Justice Department about to free 6,000 prisoners, largest one-time release, By Sari Horwitz, Washington Post

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, Washington Post

The Justice Department is set to release about 6,000 inmates early from prison — the largest ever one-time release of federal prisoners — in an effort to reduce overcrowding and provide relief to drug offenders who received harsh sentences over the past three decades.

The inmates from federal prisons nationwide will be set free by the department’s Bureau of Prisons between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2. Most of them will go to halfway houses and home confinement before being put on supervised release.

Read more: http://wpo.st/5V9f0