Stories

Stories told from the perspectives of Advocates, Public Defenders, clients, and more.

Orleans Chief Defender Derwyn Bunton

"Together, we will continue to demonstrate what is possible when people are given the opportunity to access aid and care instead of a jail cell."

Orleans Chief Defender Derwyn Bunton
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Stop making prosecution a pre-requisite to power

"Years from now, it isn’t the prosecutor’s viewpoint I want on the bench. It’s a PFJ Advocate's. But for me to look them in the eye and tell them that’s possible, there must first be a legal system that values public defenders, and acknowledges their essential role in the process of 'doing justice.'"

Stop making prosecution a pre-requisite to power
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10 Questions with Emily Galvin Almanza

Co-Founder Emily Galvin Almanza is profiled in the American Bar Association's monthly publication

10 Questions with Emily Galvin Almanza
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New to the job but already making an impact

Eliana and Ben came to Yolo county to do the hard work of fighting for people ensnared in our criminal system. They've only been on the job for a few weeks so far, but are already making tremendous differences for the people they serve. Copied here are some emails we got about their work (anonymized for client privacy).

New to the job but already making an impact
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Towing fees are intractable--and cementing poverty.

I got the call from my client, Brianna, a few days before Christmas in 2020. She was trying to get to her doctor’s appointment in 15 minutes, but her 2006 Nissan Altima was not where she had parked it. “No notification, nothing. Just gone,” she said frantically. I sighed and shook my head. Another tow.

Towing fees are intractable--and cementing poverty.
Addie Gilson
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Oakland, California
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Research

Just a few years behind bars can increase risk of death by 80% and shave a decade off a person's life.

Incarceration and poor health function as a causal loop: being incarcerated negatively affects health, and the factors that contribute to poor health increase the likelihood of system involvement.

Just a few years behind bars can increase risk of death by 80% and shave a decade off a person's life.
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MAKING CHANGE HAPPEN

What is the impact?

Learn more about the impact of Partners for Justice in communities across the country.

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