Tag: smart justice

Latest News, The Blogful of Salt

Smart Justice needs you this fall

Tags: , ,

Our community has a huge opportunity to make major reforms our criminal justice system starting this year. A three-member Spokane Regional Criminal Justice Commission that was appointed by the Mayor of Spokane and the County Commissioners is in the process of conducting a comprehensive and broad review of the criminal justice system that is in […]

Be the First to comment. Read More
Latest News

August Claims

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. … If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, … want crops without plowing up the ground. They want […]

Be the First to comment. Read More
Latest News, The Blogful of Salt

Our Community of Action Going Forward Together

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

by Liz Moore, PJALS Director What I love most about PJALS is being part of a community of people who take action together based on the connections between human rights, economic justice, & peace. Our Steering Committee asked you, PJALS members, to guide strategic planning for 2013-2014. We learned that you overwhelmingly support organizing to […]

Be the First to comment. Read More
The Blogful of Salt

17-year-old sentenced to life in prison needs support

Tags: , ,

Please support the release of Yvette Louisell (0805144), who was sentenced as  a 17-year-old college student to life without parole.   Yvette has been incarcerated now for 24 years. Take a moment to write a short letter to: Judge Michael Moon, Story County District Court, 1315 South B Avenue, Nevada, IA  50201 Since the June Supreme Court decision  […]

2 comments Read More
The Blogful of Salt

Smart Justice Gains Momentum

Tags: , ,

The movement towards a smarter criminal justice system in Spokane is gaining momentum and has some worthy accomplishments to report!  The Smart Justice Campaign coalition, convened by Greater Spokane Progress and endorsed by PJALS, the Center for Justice, and many other groups, co-sponsored the Smart Justice Symposium in November.  About 200 elected officials, judges, police […]

Be the First to comment. Read More
Latest News, The Blogful of Salt

An Invitation to Share Your Story, for Smart Justice

Tags: , , , ,

A diverse coalition including PJALS, Greater Spokane Progress, and the Center for Justice is about to launch a Smart Justice Campaign to persuade the County to fully implement comprehensive alternatives to incarceration for non-violent and low-level offenders. We need to humanize this issue, so community members and elected officials will understand how the current system affects […]

Be the First to comment. Read More
The Blogful of Salt

Jobs, Not Jails, for Spokane County

Tags: , , , ,

Nationally, communities use rehabilitative programs for people in the criminal justice system 70% of the time and jail only 30% of the time. In Spokane County, it is just the opposite – we incarcerate 70% of the people and provide alternative programs to only 30%. Alternatives to incarceration can save taxpayer funds, create safer neighborhoods […]

Be the First to comment. Read More