Justice That Works is a not-for-profit organization created by Heather Hamel that aims at transforming Arizona’s penal justice system and investing the communities to be safer and healthier. JTW aims at changing the entire justice system into a supportive, positive system with new laws, courts, probation and prisons, and eventually altering the hearts, minds and culture of people.
Heather explained that Arizona was chosen because it has the biggest and fastest rising prison population in the entire United States. Figures reveal that the state imprisons more African Americans per capita as compared to the other cities.
Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, is famous for racial profiling and human rights violations. Also, the Phoenix Police Department is amongst the violent forces in the country.
Justice That Works Organization has a competent team of experts including immigration attorney, a radio host, Ayensa Millan, and Center for Neighbourhood Leadership policy director Viridiana Hernandez. Read more: About Lacey and Larkin- Frontera Fund and Jim Larkin | Facebook
JTW supports having community courts in Phoenix because of their success in other cities by lowering crime rate as well as saving millions of dollars spent on fighting crime and imprisonment. Moreover, the community courts aim at tailoring restorative justice to the person’s need and attempt to improve their situation. For instance, a judge may sentence the individual to community service, drug counselling, and job training of support groups.
According to Hamel, she believes that the millions of dollars used in incarceration could be used positively to boost schools, develop roads and streetlights, construct parks and community centres as well as augment access to healthcare facilities.
About Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund
Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin were forced out their homes in the middle of the night into dark tinted, unmarked SUVs in an arrest planned by Joe Arpaio on October 18, 2007. Joe Arpaio considers himself the Toughest Sheriff in the U.S and is has had the longest history of human rights violations and racial profiling.
Sheriff Joe was once featured on the Phoenix New Times for his many fits of power abuse which include mistreatment and death of prisoners, racial profiling and unlawful detention of Latinos, Poor health conditions in his jails, and vengeful abuses of power on his critics. Lacey and Larkin are the owners Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media.
Therefore the two were apprehended for allowing a cover story in the Phoenix New Times that publicized how Arpaio used his friends in the Maricopa County Attorney‘s Office to subpoena all editors, writers, and readers including their personal browsing histories and IP addresses. This resulted in a loud national uproar after which the two were released, and all their charges were dropped. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737
They two sued for infringement of their First Amendment Rights and abuse of power. They won the case and received a $3.7 million court settlement. Lacey and Larkin then decided to establish the Frontera Fund whose primary objective was to finance groups that advocated for human, migrants and civil rights throughout Arizona.