In the Community Newsletter: February 2024

Teaching and Learning at the Capital Case Defense Seminar

The Full Picture Justice team journeyed to San Diego for the annual Capital Case Defense Seminar from February 16th-19th. Our time was utilized to its full potential as we found ourselves engaged in leading and participating in insightful seminars as well as a memorable keynote from Bryan Stevenson. We also had productive meetings with case teams, providing us with an opportunity to gain and share knowledge about our clients. We were able to talk about our new name, Full Picture Justice, and foster relationships with fellow conference attendees through our exhibitor table. The winter fundraising event provided another platform to connect and interact, further strengthening our network. This trip was not only about professional development, but also about making meaningful connections within our community.

Healing Circle Facilitator Training

We're deeply thankful to the Healing Circles team for leading our inaugural training for circle leaders. Our approach, rooted in indigenous practices, fosters a sense of community, equipping participants with the necessary tools for open, non-judgmental discussions. Topics that spurred reflection, such as relationships, trust, and respect, were explored. We are committed to providing ongoing support to our newly trained facilitators through quarterly meetings and a dedicated webpage filled with resources. Our next training will take place in June, with a focus on working with educators who can bring circles to young people.

Interested in checking out a healing circle? Come see us on Thursdays on Treasure Island at our new location. Click here for the flyer. All are welcome.

Research Reveals Pervasive Misconduct in Death Penalty Cases

The Death Penalty Information Center's (DPIC) review of death penalty cases post-1972 has identified over 550 instances of prosecutorial misconduct leading to reversals or exonerations. This accounts for more than 5.6% of all death sentences imposed in the U.S. over the last 50 years. "Long-standing data on wrongful convictions indicates that prosecutorial misconduct is a significant source of injustice in the criminal legal system," says DPIC executive director Robert Dunham. He adds that some judges have described this as an 'epidemic' of misconduct, which is even more pervasive than initially thought. Dunham cautions that these cases merely scratch the surface of prosecutorial misconduct in death penalty trials. To continue to learn about the death penalty, check out the latest DPIC fact sheet.

Tech Training

To help overcome the challenges of navigating the digital world, due to unfamiliarity with essential tools like email, calendars, and web navigation, we are pleased to now offer tech training for healing circle participants as well as other systems-impacted community members. We have hired Ellison Millare, one of our regular Tuesday circle participants, to be Full Picture Justice’s new Tech Trainer and to provide hands-on training and coaching on basic computer and phone skills. Ellison is available for individual sessions on Tuesday afternoons at the Full Picture Justice office space in the Mission. Ellison is working closely with Shanna Wills, Community and Client Outreach Coordinator, to develop the program, which has been an immediate success, as Ellison has quickly filled all of his available slots. We are thrilled to be able to provide this invaluable support to our community.

Support us!

Client and family support, advocacy, and community initiatives are solely funded from philanthropic investment and community support. Here is how your donations can support our work:

$15k - send the Full Picture Justice staff to the Capital Case Defense Seminar

$10k - fund the summer youth restorative justice leadership internship

$5k - cover cost of training 30 participants to become healing circle facilitators

$1K - build the healing circles curriculum and materials webpage

$400 - support one month of the Treasure Island Healing Circle

$100 - buy holiday gifts for a client’s family

$75 -  offer dinner for one of the Tuesday healing circle meetings

$25 -  provide one hour of hands-on tech training  

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