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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level State
State(s) All States
Source The Pew Charitable Trusts
Policy Areas Health, Housing, Public Safety, Children & Families, Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Millions of Americans have one or more forms of mental illness. These conditions have wide-ranging health, economic, and social consequences. For example, mental illness is a major factor in homelessness and incarceration. And serious mental illness - defined as a mental, behavioral,...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Community Justice Exchange
Policy Areas Civil Rights
Before COVID-19 became a global pandemic, missing a court date, a check-in with parole or probation, a day of community service, or a court-mandated treatment program could and frequently did result in people being jailed. However, during the early days of the pandemic, most states...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level County
State(s) All States, California
Source American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California
Policy Areas Health, Public Safety, Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This report examines how Los Angeles County can reduce incarceration for individuals with mental illness by implementing diversion programs together with supportive housing and assertive community treatment (ACT) programs. These programs have been shown to reduce recidivism. This...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Local Progress
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
Preemption is the legal doctrine that allows state law to override local law, thereby limiting the powers of local government. This brief outlines two steps local governments can take to preserve their autonomy and combat preemption: (1) educate state legislators about the downsides...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Community Justice Exchange
Policy Areas Civil Rights
For decades, advocates, activists, and organizations have deployed courtwatching as a tactic to achieve a wide variety of outcomes, such as ensuring a more transparent criminal legal system, reporting on judges or prosecutors, gathering information for a campaign, providing individual...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level County
State(s) California
Source The Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Children & Families, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety
For this article, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center interviewed defenders from four counties in California, each with a different model. The models include having a full-time or a part-time in-house immigration specialist; contracting with an outside organization; having an in-house...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic, Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County, City or Town, Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Center For Progressive Reform
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
Civil Courts act as a "great equalizer" for disadvantaged communities facing growing inequality, complex risks, and weakened regulations. This infographic illustrates four case studies on how individuals and communities have sought justice through the courts against powerful corporations....

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2017
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Pretrial Justice Institute
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Public Safety
This template is a tool for gathering important information and data relevant to first-appearance hearings. It includes sections for the defendant's personal information, the charges against them, the judge's remarks, and any other notable observations during the hearing. The template...

Type Executive Order
Year 2008
Level County
State(s) Washington
Source King County Superior Court Judges
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Children & Families
The King County Superior Court affirmed its commitment to keeping the courts open and accessible for everyone by establishing a policy stating that warrants based on immigration status should not be executed in courtrooms unless ordered by a judge and that discourages processing within...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Surveillance Technology Oversight Project
Policy Areas Data & Technology
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, courts at all levels, from local trial courts to the Supreme Court of the United States, have conducted legal proceedings using teleconferencing remote technology. This report outlines how remote hearings and trials have the potential to cause...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2012
Level County
State(s) Louisiana
Source Jeffersion Parish Parish Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety
The model ordinance authorizes court-appointed pretrial-services advocates for defendants accused of nonviolent crimes; provides for the basic elements of an effective pretrial-services advocate program; and provides for cost-benefit and outcomes comparison with the general Louisiana...

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