Several groups in the United States advocating for civil, human and migrant rights continue to rise to set right the criminal justice system empowering communities to promote civil society and reinforce the rule of law. With the main goal of these organizations being to establish a justice system that works for all, several advocates have investigated and exposed human right violations.
Heather Hamel, a US attorney, is a great example of an advocate who founded a grassroots non-profit organization in a bid to set the justice system right. She and a group of other attorneys, activists and organizers have actively set up this organization to curb racial profiling and human rights abuse and expose the increased incarceration of more black individuals per capita. They have looked at the oppression, expenses, and ineffectiveness of the prison and criminal justice system. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/
Instead of just imprisoning people the organization looks into restorative justice to the individuals’ needs like drug counseling, support groups, and community service sentencing.
In a bid to end mass incarceration in Arizona, Justice That Works in partnership with Center for Neighborhood Leadership launched a Redefining Safety Initiative. This group’s meetings involve discussions on solutions that can be taken to prevent separating families and individuals from working to better their lives. They further looked into the funds being used on incarceration and how they can be channeled to better services like education, health care, road and community center development.
The criminal justice system in Arizona is also involved in wrongful arrests. A case of unlawful arrest gave rise to an organization called Mike Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. Two journalists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, who are also the co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, were jailed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio after they revealed the existence of grand jury proceedings that sought reporter’ notes on articles covering the Sheriff. Furthermore, grand jury subpoenas demanded the identification of citizens who read online
New Times articles involving him. The authorities were using these subpoenas not only to identify the individuals but also to research their browsing and purchasing habits. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikepida
They centered their battle on First Amendment rights and abuse of power. The two successfully sued the county in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, for $ 375 million, which they have dedicated to funding for migrant rights. The Fund supports groups that advocate for civil, human and migrant rights and as well as freedom of speech and civic participation in Arizona. Learn more about Jim Larkin: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/jim-larkin-2#/entity
The criminal justice system has led to a rise of these two and several other organizations of activists advocating for Civil, Human and Migrant rights. The collective efforts of these organizations have without a doubt brought to light several cases of injustice and oppression improving the lives of citizens in Arizona.