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...with his or her public defender just before they go in front of the judge. Some public defenders are now "contracting out" cases in order to continue processing individuals generating profits for the courts and prisons alike.
The Initial Defense sponsorship program is designed to slow down the pipeline that is feeding individuals into a system with few ways out. Primary Group has developed the Pathways-To-Success Center to provide individuals arrested for infractions and related charges with legal assistance.
With strong community support, we can begin providing legal services for each Pathways-To-Success Development Center immediately. The Initial Defense program will create a 24-hour hot line for members to speak with knowledgeable staff concerning legal matters.
Fast Growing Industry
The initial legal defense program will also work to reduce the grip of the Prison Industry Complex.
The private prison industry "contracts out" private prison labor to major corporations. This is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States.
Some inmates are paid as little as pennies on the dollar. An inmate is 8 times more likely to have his sentence extended in a private prison for a minor infraction than in state run facilities.
Private prisons lobby hard for longer sentences and tougher drug laws even for low-level infractions.
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The Initial Defense program was designed to provide legal assistance for individuals charged with drug related crimes.
Instead of "pleading out" to prison time, this program works with local agencies for legal alternatives to incarceration. (i.e. fines, enrollment in drug treatment program, etc).
The Pathways-To-Success Development Centers will also be an alternative for sentencing for these individuals.
They can receive treatment, counseling, mentors, housing and employment all under 1 roof. With more effective legal representation, those charged with illegal possession of a small amount of drugs may not have to serve lengthy jail sentences. Instead they can be set on a path to a better future.