This website was borne of a frustration that too many fellow citizens are in prison due to economic circumstances, historic injustices, lead-poisoning risk factors, biased policing, politically motivated sentencing, and a biased regard toward the impacts of different recreational drugs used by different cultural groups.
Page 1: You may have received a “Jury of Peers” handbill at the entrance to a jury pool. This handbill is repeated on the “Jury of Peers” page (see the “Menu” button upper right). “Juror education, including handing out informational materials outside courthouses, is protected by the First Amendment” (Paul Butler, Let’s Get Free, p. 76) and is a valid outlet of frustration for citizens wanting to expedite criminal justice reform. You may copy & paste the handbill (3 columns per page, front and back) and randomly inform potential jurors outside a courthouse – please do not target actual jurors or specific cases.
Page 2: “Jury Nullification” is the conscience of our country. This page explains the author’s view of our constitutional right to monkey-wrench prosecutions until incarceration disparities are resolved, until unjust laws and excessive punishment are changed.
Page 3: The “Policing Reform” page offers another reason to continue monkey-wrenching. That is, continue jury nullifications until this and other proposals are adequately considered, reforms that could save lives of both the police and the public.
Page 4: The “Drug Policy Reform” page is an offering to the ongoing public debate, surely addressed by more knowledgeable organizations. It is an economic model that decriminalizes drug use, treats addiction as an illness rather than a punishable offense, and suggests a money-raising mechanism necessary to mitigate the excesses of drug consumption. The idea of “collective accountability,” collectively applies monetary pressure to the entire drug community, enlisting peer pressure to help keep people within safe consumption limits. In essence, it’s proactive self-policing instead of reactive state policing.
Page 5: The “Necessity Defense” is a separate legal strategy employed by environmental activists, mostly white, mostly middle-class, who find themselves in the criminal justice system for acts of civil disobedience. Jury nullification may also be applied to such prosecutions, however, addressing racial disparities should be a priority for any fair-minded citizen. Racial justice activists and environmental activists are natural allies, because…
…at its core, the root problem of environmental degradation and slavery’s legacy is the same: to “plunder not just the bodies of humans but the body of the Earth itself (author Ta-Nehisi Coates).” It is the core unwillingness to accept responsibility, the unwillingness to pull our weight and pay as we go, the unwillingness to compensate for damage done to others from our choices.