INITIAL LEGAL DEFENSE

INITIAL LEGAL DEFENSE
AFFORDABLE LEGAL PROTECTION

Clients of Public Defenders are routinely “rushed” into a plea bargain in these cases with a “15 minute” First Time Consultation right before they see the judge.

Every member has access to Affordable Legal Protection. Innovation allows our Legal Defense System to offer top quality legal service right from the beginning.

From investigation after the fact to Legal Representation throughout your case, regardless of economic status.

Originally designed to help defend the rights of returning citizens, now more members of the Disenfranchised Community can afford Legal Representation before they need it.

SLOW THE PIPELINE

Statistics show Three Strikes Legislation and Mandatory Sentencing laws herd primarily poor and minority youth into the hands of the private prison enterprise. Most are arrested for low level non-violent offenses.

Zero tolerance in public schools has reached the point in some areas that children are being expelled for having an aspirin bottle. Numerous studies show the less education children receive, the more likely they will end up in the criminal justice system at some point.

The Initial Defense Sponsorship System can Slow Down the pipeline that is Feeding Young Minority Children to an Unjust System. A 24 Hour Hot Line will be available for members to speak with knowledgeable staff concerning Legal Emergencies.

The Initial Defense System works with local agencies for Legal Options to incarceration. (fines, work program, community service, etc.)

PRIVATE PRISONS

The Initial Legal Defense System can also work to reduce the grip of the Prison Industry Complex. Private prison labor is “contracted out” to major corporations. Some inmates are paid as little as pennies on the dollar for an 8 hour day.

Many have described this as a system of “Modern Involuntary Servitude” disguised as prison release work programs. Inmates make everything from computers to tires to clothing. So in reality, they are an Extremely Cheap Labor Force.

Private prisons are paid $22,000 - $50,000 per inmate per year. They have a monetary incentive to lobby hard for longer sentences and tougher drug laws even for low level offences. 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.

At least 37 states have legalized the contracting of prison labor by private corporations. This removes jobs from the private sector. Corporations can avoid paying employment taxes, payrolls taxes, benefits and social security because they mount their operations inside state prisons tax free.

TIME FOR CHANGE

To make a difference we must address the issue of Lack Of proper legal representation Prior to incarceration and provide services such as housing and employment upon release. More and more states are questioning the wisdom and financial burden of incarcerating hundreds of thousands of low level non-violent offenders for minor drug offenses.

The result of this drug policy is the release of over 750,000 returning citizens each year back into our communities. A drug conviction disqualifies an individual from public housing. An additional barrier to recovery that further traps returning citizens into a cycle of poverty, unemployment, substance abuse and eventually more crime.