Support the FCJ this #GivingTuesday

December 3, 2013 is #GivingTuesday, a day to celebrate and support the good work done by charitable organizations across the nation. Please consider celebrating #GivingTuesday by supporting the most important work taking place in criminal justice reform with a gift to the Foundation for Criminal Justice (FCJ).

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This is an important time of opportunity for supporters of criminal justice reform. The federal indigent defense system faces an unprecedented crisis. The government peers ever more deeply into our lives and into our clients' lives. And collateral consequences of criminal convictions create lifelong obstacles to gainful employment and civic participation.

The FCJ is supporting vitally important projects that will make lasting improvements to the criminal justice system.

Here are just a few of these important projects:

  • In 2014, the FCJ will continue to support broad efforts to fight overcriminalization, seeking fewer criminal laws, more stringent intent requirements and less expansive application of the criminal law.
  • The FCJ will lead the fight against the trial penalty - the extraordinary penalty enhancements that are imposed upon those who seek to avail themselves of the constitutional right to a trial. The increased penalties imposed after trial have become so dramatic that even clearly innocent people are induced to plead guilty.
  • The FCJ is also fighting to restore the promise of Brady v. Maryland. With support from the FCJ and others, NACDL is finalizing a Brady compliance report that will support reform efforts to ensure that all favorable evidence is promptly disclosed to the accused.
  • The FCJ supports NACDL's Domestic Drone Information Center, a one-stop source of cutting-edge information on the proliferation of drones inside the United States. It collects news; lists legislative developments; and details relevant case law, scholarship, upcoming events, and data on drone usage.
  • FCJ support enabled NACDL to launch an excessive sentencing project to combat overly harsh penalties. In the coming months, FCJ support will help identify strategic opportunities for sentencing reform by expanding the proportionality analysis.
  • The FCJ supported publication of an online resource center that profiles law and practice in each U.S. jurisdiction relating to relief from the collateral consequences of conviction. The 54 jurisdictional profiles catalog provisions on loss and restoration of civil rights and firearms privileges, legal mechanisms for overcoming or mitigating collateral consequences, and provisions addressing employment and licensing non-discrimination.
  • The FCJ supports NACDL's Task Force on the Restoration of Rights and Status After Conviction, which recently held six hearings across the United States to look at the legal mechanisms used to restore rights and status, such as pardons, expungements, and certificates of good conduct. The task force is writing a report to identify best practices and specific legislative and policy proposals.
  • Finally, the FCJ will do all it can to support indigent defense reform on the state level, and will seek to preserve the embattled federal indigent defense system. The commitment to ensure that every person has access to fully qualified defense counsel is at the core of the FCJ's values and leads the FCJ's objectives.

The FCJ needs your support! You can help the FCJ continue its efforts to reform the U.S. criminal justice system to ensure that it is fair to all, to advocate for those who practice indigent defense, and to equip members of the criminal defense bar with exceptional resources and superior educational opportunities featuring top-notch faculty, materials and webinars. Please celebrate #GivingTuesday by supporting the FCJ with a tax-deductible contribution.

Your support is especially crucial right now, and will help the FCJ make a great difference.

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