How do we get innocent people out of prison? Maricopa County’s new unit is a start
Opinion: The Prosecution Integrity Program could help more who believe they have been wrongfully convicted. Here’s how to ensure the effort is successful.
Click here to read our opinion on Maricopa County’s new Prosection Integrity Program written by Hope Delap, AJP’s strategic litigation counsel, and Marissa Bluestine of the Quattrone Center.
June 4, 2020
Last week the world witnessed the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minneapolis, detained by police officers who looked on while a white officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, as reported by NBC. (https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/man-dies-after-pleading-i-can-t-breathe-during-arrest-n1214586)
The Arizona Justice Project grieves with the family of George Floyd and with all the families of the many black men and women unjustly victimized and killed.
We must shine a light on the role of race, racism, institutional racism, and structural inequality that exists in our society and is highlighted in the criminal justice system. Any actor in the criminal legal system who fails to follow policy, or the law must be held accountable. The exonerations in this country show that misconduct by government officials – often without consequence – has played a role in 54% of the wrongful convictions nationwide and in thirteen of the twenty-four exonerations in Arizona. (http://www.law.umich.edu/special/exoneration/Pages/about.aspx)
The AJP is dedicated to advocating for a fair criminal legal system and holding the players accountable. Structural changes start on the local level. We will not stop in our fight for justice. All lives can’t matter until Black Lives Matter.
– The Arizona Justice Project Team
Hey, AJP Alumni! We miss you! Join the Arizona Justice Project for a happy hour on Tuesday, November 5 so we can catch up and hear about all the amazing things you’ve been up to. Enjoy snacks and reconnecting with old friends. All current and past interns, students, volunteers, and friends of AJP are welcome.
When: Tuesday, November 5th
Where: PAZ Cantina | 330 E Roosevelt Street | Phoenix, AZ 85004
RSVP so we know you’re coming! Follow the link to RSVP: https://ajphappyhour2019.eventbrite.com
Join AJP in Prescott Valley at Pronghorn Ranch Clubhouse on April 5, 2019 from 6:00pm-7:30pm. Click here to learn more and RSVP.