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Blueprint for Reform calls for “Smart Justice”

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by Dom Felix The Spokane Regional Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) released its report “Blueprint for Reform” January 10th 2014. Many of the Smart Justice Campaign’s policy recommendations are in the CJC’s report–ideas like moving to an evidence-based criminal justice system, creating a Disproportionate Minority Contact Workgroup to address racial disparities, building culturally appropriate programs and […]

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Criminal Justice Commission’s “landmark” recommendations to require political courage, focus, and public involvement

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The Spokane Regional Criminal Justice Commission’s “Blueprint for Reform” was presented in a private meeting to Spokane Mayor Condon, County Commissioner Mielke and Spokane City Council President Stuckart, on January 10, 2014. The reforms envisioned in the Blueprint will require an unprecedented push for structural and cultural change says the Smart Justice Spokane Campaign. In […]

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Action Needed: Sit and Lie Ordinance Vote on December 16

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Emails Needed on Sit and Lie Ordinance, Attend City Council Meeting on Monday December 16 Spokane City Councilman Allen, with the support of the Downtown Spokane Partnership, has dropped an expanded “sit and lie” ordinance that will come up for a hearing and vote at the Spokane City Council meeting on Monday, December 16, 6pm. The […]

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Education Deform: School-to-Prison Pipeline

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Originally published by Dissident Voice (http://dissidentvoice.org/2013/12/education-deform-school-to-prison-pipeline/) by Paul Haeder As a preface here, as I have done many times as my role as writer for DV, I have to default to the local, as in, where you see fault lines and bright lines in a local situation, you can pretty much make the larger microcosmic statement […]

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Welcome new intern Dom Felix!

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Dom Felix joined PJALS this year as part of an internship through Eastern Washington University’s Social Work program. Dom has been a long-time resident of the Spokane area who recently chose to pursue higher education in hopes of becoming a chemical dependency counselor. Now as a senior in the program, Dom has come to the […]

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PJALS Members and Smart Justice Supporters Turn Out for CJC Hearing

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By Dom Felix, Intern The Spokane County Commissioners and Mayor Condon appointed a joint City-County Regional Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) in November 2012, charged with recommending reforms to our criminal justice system. The Commission’s final recommendations will provide the “to do list” for City and County elected officials to implement criminal justice reform. Their recommendations […]

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Why Race Matters

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By Jeremiah Manes, Intern On October 22nd, members of PJALS along with others in the community were able to attend a workshop by Glenn Harris titled, “Why Race Matters: Tools and Strategies for Strengthening Community.” This interactive workshop on bias and race allowed for participants to assess their organization and it’s possible contribution to disparity, […]

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Your Voice is Needed for Smart Justice: Hearing Wed., Nov. 6

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We’re part of the Smart Justice Campaign because PJALS members like you told us alternatives to incarceration and criminal justice reform are worth winning. Now is the time for us to spring into action together! Your Voice is Needed at November 6th Hearing to  Call for Smart Justice in Spokane Criminal Justice Commission Hearing  Wed Nov 6th at 6:00pm  […]

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