Internship Opportunities

Just Future Project: Digital Organizing Internship Do you care about the criminal justice reform, LGBTQ+ rights, or racial justice? Would you like to spend your semester learning to organize a grassroots advocacy campaign and drive digital engagement for one of the most marginalized populations in America? The Just Future Project is looking for a dynamic, independent university student willing to pilot the CRM, webpage content management, and social media for a new campaign challenging pre-crime preventative detention laws in Virginia. Must be 18+, willing to learn unfamiliar database and email systems with minimal oversight, and able to commit to at…

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Internship and Pro Bono Opportunities

STORYTELLING and JOURNALISM Do you have a gift for telling stories? Are you considering a career in journalism, media, advocacy, or as a writer? We’re looking for skilled writers interested in lending their talents to help us share the lived experiences of people harmed by the criminal legal system. You will have the opportunity to interview people living behind the walls at shadow prisons around the country whose voices would otherwise have never been heard. Unlike normal prisoners, these persons have already completed their prison sentences and are now being held because the authorities believe they might commit a crime…

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In Memoriam: Lives Lost While Imprisoned After Their Release Date in Kansas

The people who run these programs pretend that they are for “treatment.”  For at least 45 people who were sent to Larned State Hospital it was a death sentence.  The following names, placed here in memoriam, are a stark illustration of the false promise of therapeutic intent.   These names remind us everyday of why we work to abolish pre-crime preventative detention systems.       Individual Names of Commitments Pursuant to the Kansas Sexual Predator Act   Master List:   Time:  6:43 PM                                                                                     Revised:    Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Individual…

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In Memoriam: Lives Lost While Imprisoned After Their Release Date in Illinois

IDHS-TDF RESIDENT DEATHS SINCE 1999 The people who run these programs pretend that they are for “treatment.” For at least 45 people who were sent to The Treatment and Detention Facility in Rushville Illinois it was a death sentence. The following names, placed here in memoriam, are a stark illustration of the false promise of therapeutic intent. These names remind us everyday of why we work to abolish pre-crime preventative detention systems. NAME DATE OF DEATH IDHS LOCATION CAUSE OF DEATH WILLIAM HILL 2000 SHERIDAN, IL AIDS CICEL HOLIDAY 2003 JOLIET, IL CANCER TAD PRATER 2003 JOLIET, IL UNKNOWN TERRY…

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The Endless Punishment of Civil Commitment

The Endless Punishment of Civil Commitment By Guy Hamilton-Smith   “Prosecutors can subject those convicted of sexual offense – and sometimes, those with no conviction at all – to an indefinite period of civil punishment at the end of their criminal sentence. In January, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Bianco ruled that after spending nearly two decades detained by the state of California without trial, George Vasquez was a free man. Unlike the 536,000 people held pretrial in the criminal justice system in America, Vasquez, 44, was not being held because he was accused of a crime. Instead,…

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