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Central California Appellate Program

Central California Appellate Program is a non-profit corporation dedicated to improving the quality of indigent representation in criminal and dependency appeals. The CCAP site is free to all interested users, but we ask that you register to use these resources. If you have already registered, please log in as you do not need to register a second time.

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Criminal Justice Policy Foundation

CJPF's mission is to educate the public about the impact of drug policy and the problems of policing on the criminal justice system.

Families Against Mandatory Minimums

FAMM is the national voice for fair and proportionate sentencing laws. We shine a light on the human face of sentencing, advocate for state and federal sentencing reform, and mobilize thousands of individuals and families whose lives are adversely affected by unjust sentences. FAMM's vision is a nation in which sentencing is individualized, humane, and sufficient but not greater than necessary to impose just punishment, secure public safety, and support successful rehabilitation and reentry.

Federal CURE

FedCURE, a nonprofit organization that, inter alia, deals largely with the issues faced by federal inmates and their loved ones, is the world's leading advocate for America's, ever growing, federal inmate population. We are working to reinstate parole; increase good time allowances; provide for compassionate releases; restore PELL grants; and opportunities for successful reentry into the community, for all federal offenders; and promote a system that incarcerates fewer people and provides humane conditions for those who are incarcerated or under post-incarceration supervision via parole or supervised release.

Forfeiture Endangers American Rights

Forfeiture Endangers American Rights is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reform of federal and state asset forfeiture laws to restore due process and protect property rights in the forfeiture process. Donations are tax deductible.

Fortune Society

The Fortune Society has as its basic purpose to create a greater public awareness of the prison system in America today. We also hope to help the public realize the problems and complexities confronted by the inmates - during their incarceration and when they rejoin society.

Fully Informed Jury Association

FIJA works to restore and protect the role of the juror, and the institution of Trial by Jury. We sponsor educational seminars for legal professionals, publish commentary, develop and present Amicus briefs when the institution of the jury is at issue, provide interviews to the media, speak at functions and in classrooms, and of course distribute educational literature.

Georgian's for Equal Justice

Georgians for Equal Justice, a statewide collaborative of organizations and individuals, seeks to reduce crime and over-reliance on incarceration. The members will facilitate communication and cooperation among criminal justice advocates, professionals and service providers in Georgia; influence criminal justice policy by providing accurate information to elected officials and the general public; and promote greater citizen involvement in the criminal justice system.

Jailing the Mentally Ill

Last year the U.S. Justice Department said 280,000 people with serious mental illnesses were in jail or prison- more than four times the number in state mental hospitals. American RadioWorks Correspondent John Biewen explores why. Site contains resources, statistics, and responses to reform.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The overarching goals of the Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice are to help build this foundation and convey it to practitioners, policy-makers and the public at large, whose support is crucial to meaningful reform. The Network works to achieve these goals through the critical analysis of juvenile justice policies and practices, the design and implementation of new research on adolescent development and juvenile justice, and the communication of the results of these activities to policy-makers, practitioners, journalists, and other social scientists and legal scholars.

Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation

The MDL Panel was created by an Act of Congress in 1968. The job of the Panel is to 1) determine whether civil actions pending in different federal districts involve one or more common questions of fact such that the actions should be transferred to one federal district for coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings; and 2) select the judge or judges and court assigned to conduct such proceedings. The purposes of this transfer or

Justice Policy Institute

The mission of the Justice Policy Institute is to promote effective solutions to social problems and to be dedicated to ending society's reliance on incarceration. In the last 20 years, our nation has witnessed an unprecedented growth in its prison population, making the country's incarceration rates the highest in the world. As politicians promised to get "tough-on-crime," prison beds filled, often with people with social problems like mental health or addiction issues that could be better treated elsewhere. Now, the country struggles to pay for over two million people in prison, most of whom will eventually be released. The time has come for better solutions.

Michigan Corrections Organization

The Michigan Corrections Organization, Service Employees International Union, Local 526M, proudly represents more than 10,000 Corrections Officers and Forensic Security Aides working inside Michigan's prisons and prisoner psychiatric facilities. MCO is a statewide local with more than 40 chapters throughout the state. Each chapter has its own executive board consisting of a chapter president, vice president, recording secretary, chief steward and shift stewards.

National Youth Court Center

The Federal Youth Court Program is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice in collaboration with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), U.S. Department of Transportation; and the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS), U.S. Department of Education. As part of the Federal Youth Court Program, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) serves as a central point of contact for youth court programs across the nation, provides informational services, delivers training and technical assistance, and develops resource materials on how to develop and enhance youth court programs in the United States.

Ohio Justice and Policy Center

The OJPC is a non-partisan, non-profit, public interest law office based in Cincinnati, Ohio. OJPC works statewide for fair-minded, progressive reform of Ohio's justice system.

Partnership for Safety & Justice

Partnership for Safety & Justice unites people convicted of crime, survivors of crime, and the families of both to advance approaches that redirect policies away from an over-reliance on incarceration to effective strategies that reduce violence and increase safety.

People's Coalition for Justice

The People's Coalition for Justice is an anti-racist, grassroots organization currently focusing on institutionalized racism and classism in the police department and the need for greater police accountability. The People's Coalition for Justice was founded in December 1999 to address the many injustices in our communities. Our goal is to engage in actions and dialogue in order to bring forth a more compassionate, liberated, and humane community and world. We work in partnership with the American Friends Service Committee, New Hope Baptist Church and community members.

Prison Activist Resource Center

PARC is a prison abolitionist all volunteer grass roots group committed to exposing and challenging the institutionalized racism of the prison industrial complex.

Prison Policy Initiative

The Prison Policy Initiative documents the disastrous impact of mass incarceration on individuals, communities, and the national welfare. We produce accessible and innovative research to empower the public to participate in creating better criminal justice policy. Page contains links to criminal justice research available by category and publication date.

Prison Reform Trust

The work of the Prison Reform Trust is aimed at creating a just, humane and effective penal system. We do this by: inquiring into the workings of the system; informing prisoners, staff, and the wider public; and influencing Parliament, government and officials towards reform.

Real Cost of Prisons

The Real Cost of Prisons Project brings together justice activists, political economists, artists, justice policy researchers and people directly experiencing the impact of mass incarceration to create popular education workshops and materials which explore both the immediate and long-term costs of incarceration on the individual, her/his family, community and the nation.

Restorative Justice Online

Restorative justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused or revealed by criminal behavior. It is best accomplished through cooperative processes that include all stakeholders. Some of the programs and outcomes typically identified with restorative justice include: Victim offender mediation; Conferencing; Circles; Victim assistance; Ex-offender assistance; restitution; and community service.

Sentencing Guidelines Commission

The State of Washington Sentencing Guidelines Commission derives its authority from the Sentencing Reform Act of 1981, which directs the Commission to evaluate and monitor adult and juvenile sentencing policies and practices, recommend modifications to the Governor and the Legislature and serve as a clearinghouse and information center on adult and juvenile sentencing. The Commission promotes accountability and equity in adult and juvenile sentencing, provides accurate and timely information about sentencing, and recommends improvements in the criminal justice system.

Tax Payers for Improving Public Safety

Taxpayers for Improving Public Safety (TiPS), is a non-partisan consortium of California taxpayers and business interests who seek to improve public safety through smart, meaningful, and cost-effective measures which serve to best utilize taxpayer dollars to improve public safety. TiPS believes prevention, intervention, rehabilitation, and opportunity ought to be a principal consideration in determining the best public safety policy for California.

The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice

The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) was established to promote balanced and humane criminal justice policies that reduce incarceration and promote long-term public safety. CJCJ's mission is pursued through the development of model programs, technical assistance, research/policy analysis, and public education.

The Correctional Association of New York

The Correctional Association of New York is an independent, non-profit organization founded by concerned citizens in 1844 and granted unique authority by the New York State Legislature to inspect prisons and to report its findings and recommendations to the legislature, the public and the press. Through monitoring, research, public education and policy recommendations, the Correctional Association strives to make the administration of justice in New York State more fair, efficient and humane.

The Jericho Movement

Jericho is a movement with the defined goal of gaining recognition of the fact that political prisoners and prisoners of war exist inside of the United States despite the United States government's continued denial ... and winning amnesty and freedom for these political prisoners.

Virginia C.U.R.E.

Virginia C.U.R.E. is a membership organization whose focus is on the Virginia criminal justice and prison systems and the people whose lives are impacted by these systems. The organizational meeting was held in Richmond, Virginia on January 15, 1988. In 1992, it was incorporated in Virginia and tax-exempt status was granted by the IRS. Funding is dependent upon membership dues and donations that are tax deductible.

Washington State Equal Justice Coalition

The Washington State Equal Justice Coalition (EJC) is a non-partisan, broad-based, statewide organization dedicated to equal justice for all. Since 1995, the EJC has been a standing committee of the Washington State Supreme Court's Access to Justice Board. The Equal Justice Coalition is a supporter of the Alliance for Equal Justice. The Alliance is Washington state's network of organizations that provide civil legal aid--information, advice and representation--to those with nowhere else to turn.