Arkansans Organizing 4 Justice

AOJ Call to Action

July 18, 2014

It's finally here!  The AOJ board of directors voted in the draft legislation that needs a sponsor for the 2015 General Assembly. This is a good way to help our incarcerated friends and loved ones get the help they need.

Below is a sneak peek of the draft along with an introduction letter you can use with your representative or senator.

It's going to take a battle!  Are you ready for the fight?  Let's don't settle for partial victories, but go all the way to the end.  So we make the covenant to you.  If you fight with us, we'll fight for you.

Write your rep/senator TODAY!

Proposed Draft Excerpt

Sample Letter

June 26, 2014

This month is the anniversary of the Miller vs. Alabama decision in which the Supreme Court said it's unconstitutional to sentence children to mandatory life without parole.  After two years, there are still too many children in prison who are waiting for the courts/policymakers to give them a second chance.  They are saying "my life is worth more than this death prison" and their souls are crying out for help. Consider getting involved in many of the advocacy movements who believe children can be rehabilitated.   

With over 2.2 million people (jails and prisons) incarcerated in 2012, the United States has the largest correctional population in the world.  Recently, over 100 people attended a conference in Detroit to support End Mass Incarceration and propose ideas and suggestions.  Jean Thrash attended this conference and concludes that Arkansas is moving against the tide by providing millions to feed the mass incarceration "beast".  We thank her and others involved here in Arkansas working for criminal justice reform.

May 20, 2014

2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non-Partisan General Election

Today is the last day to vote in the primary elections.  Most election locations will be open until 7:30 pm.  For a list of county and city contested positions, see the link below.  You can also follow the link for a complete list of all state candidate filings for 2014.  Make your vote count.

www.arkansasonline.com/election2014local/

May 15, 2014

The anticipated contract recommended by the Board of Correction for the prison telephone contract is with Securus Technologies.  The following information was obtained by a Freedom of Information Request (FOI).

Local and In State Calls

A 'typical' call will cost approximately $8.00+ (depending on how it is billed and/or paid).

Out of State Calls

[The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) forbids a connection fee/surcharge on all interstate calls effective Feb. 2014].  Approximate Cost: $7.50 and $6.30.

Thanks to Arkansas CURE for providing this information.