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Fair and Just Prosecution is a vocal advocate for criminal justice reform. Working with elected leaders — and through public statements, op-eds on timely issues, amicus (friend of the court) briefs in relevant cases, and research papers and reports on critical issues — FJP advances a vision of change aimed at promoting a fair, equitable, and compassionate criminal justice system.

FJP At A Glance

Click here to download a one page overview of the focus, goals, and activities of Fair and Just Prosecution.

Prosecutors and Law Enforcement Leaders File Amicus Brief in Chicago v. Sessions Litigation – Pushing Back Against Local Entanglement in Federal Immigration Enforcement

Twenty-three prominent elected prosecutors and law enforcement leaders filed a brief challenging federal grant conditions that seek to involve local law enforcement in immigration enforcement duties. Read the Press Release here and the Amicus Brief here.

Statement Regarding Florida Supreme Court Ruling in Ayala v. ScottStanding Up for Prosecutorial Independence

FJP issued a statement supporting 9th Judicial Circuit (Orlando, FL) State Attorney Aramis Ayala’s prerogative as an elected prosecutor to exercise her prosecutorial discretion to determine whether or not to pursue a given punishment, including with the death penalty.

Open Letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions Regarding Charging and Pleading Practices

Over 30 current and former elected criminal justice officials representing over 30 million Americans sent an open letter to Attorney General Sessions expressing concern that a return to failed “tough on crime” practices would increase incarceration without making our communities safer. See the press release here.

“Our justice system isn’t suffering from sentences that are too short, but rather from inequities that have resulted in a loss of confidence and trust among communities most impacted by crime.”
— King County (Seattle, WA) Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg

Amicus Brief on the Need for Bail Reform

Nearly 70 current and former elected prosecutors — including 16 current elected DAs and AGs and officials from over 30 states — filed a brief supporting litigation challenging cash bail practices in Harris County, Texas and arguing that detaining poor misdemeanor defendants pending trial, solely due to an inability to post bail, erodes community trust and does not further public safety. Read the press release here and the brief here.

“A new generation of prosecutive leaders … is increasingly speaking out regarding the need for a justice system that doesn’t treat individuals differently based on economic status.”
— Miriam Krinsky, FJP Executive Director

Amicus Brief on Prosecutorial Independence

More than 40 current and former elected prosecutors and criminal justice officials filed an amicus brief in support of 9th Judicial Circuit (Orlando, FL) State Attorney Aramis Ayala’s exercise of prosecutorial discretion in deciding whether or not to seek the death penalty. Read the press release here and the Amicus Brief here.

Diversion Strategies, Programs and Principles – A National Scan

This FJP compendium offers guiding principles for implementing alternatives to incarceration and developing diversion programs. The brief lists a sampling of programs currently in use across the country. When tailored to a jurisdiction’s unique needs, these programs can reduce criminal justice costs, limit unnecessary individual contacts with the justice system, and reduce the potentially harmful long-term consequences of such contacts, while also enhancing public safety.