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You’ve Got Some Gauls JPO Consults on Serial Podcast Episode

This season on the podcast Serial, host Sarah Koenig and reporter Emmanuel Dzotsi explore the criminal justice system by examining ordinary cases and they asked JPO for help. They spent a year at the Justice Center in Cleveland, Ohio, which they selected because it let them record everywhere — courtrooms, back hallways, judges’ chambers, prosecutors’ offices – and then follow those cases outside the building, into neighborhoods, into people’s houses, and into prison.

We watched how justice is calculated in cases of all sizes, from the smallest misdemeanor to the most serious felony. This season, we tell you the extraordinary stories of ordinary cases. One courthouse, week by week.

Don’t miss this new season and in particular, listen to episode 2: You’ve Got Some Gauls. JPO’s Senior Policy Counsel Zoë Root consulted on this episode.
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Real Talk: Prosecutors and the Right to Counsel

If you were not able to join the Justice Programs Office at American University and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys in September for webinar about the role prosecutors play in ensuring the constitutional right to counsel, a recording is now available.

Watch now to hear from Marlene Biener, Deputy General Counsel at the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, Justin Bingham, City Prosecutor of Spokane, Washington, and Genevieve Citrin Ray, Senior Policy Advisor and R2C Project Director at the Justice Programs Office at American University. Ms. Citrin Ray will also preview findings from a Right to Counsel (R2C) National Campaign roundtable that was held with prosecutors in December 2017 and focused on what prosecutors can do to ensure the right to counsel and effective public defense delivery systems.
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National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. This is of special relevance to drug courts, veterans courts, and other judicial programs that serve vulnerable populations. All month long, the Justice Programs Office's National Drug Court Resource Center will promote prevention and awareness resources from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Get involved by donating, volunteering, or learning how to talk about suicide with someone who may be in crisis. If you or a loved one is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at: 1-800-273-8255. 

Follow @theNDCRC on Twitter for more information.

Just Thoughts blog

New Beginnings – Fun and Stressful at the Same Time

This month is full of new beginnings for JPO and for me. JPO is packing up and cleaning out, preparing for an office reconfiguration. We’ve grown and changed over the last two years and so have our needs.

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Right to Counsel
Read our new report on key takeaways from R2C's third annual meeting and watch our video of not-to-miss moments from the convening to learn about how you can help protect Sixth Amendment rights.
Veterans' Justice and Mental Health Newsletter

JPO's NDCRC has a new monthly newsletter focused on resources related to behavioral health, mental health, and criminal justice issues faced by veterans and military personnel.