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LIFE AFTER RELEASE

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Courtwatch PG is a growing community of volunteers from Prince George’s County, Maryland and the surrounding Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area - and beyond. We observe bail hearings in PG County District Court to document our county’s policies in action and to hold judicial actors accountable for injustice in the court system. Courtwatch PG is powered by Life After Release, and founded and led by formerly incarcerated Black women. We court watchers represent all ages and backgrounds. We are joined by the call to anti-racist action and by faith in abolitionist futures. We are looking for people that are motivated in wanting Justice for all in a system that throw people away into the prison system. We court watch because courtrooms are public spaces, but are protected by a strictly enforced secrecy that fosters the miscarriage of justice and the practice of institutionalized racism. We court watch because our incarcerated loved ones are at extreme risk of exposure to COVID-19. It is impossible to practice social distancing and proper sanitation at Prince George’s County Correctional Center. In an effort to disguise torture as COVID-19 safety, PGCCC confines Black and brown people to dirty cells for 23 hours per day for "social distancing. "We court watch because Prince George’s County judges are accountable to no one. Judges assign unaffordable money bails and no-bond holds that defy Prince Georgians’ mandate for progressive bail reform. With trials suspended due to COVID-19, we routinely see judges in District Court Room 261B hand out indefinite jail sentences to Black and brown people who have not been brought to justice, let alone convicted of any harm or offense. That is why, in partnership with Life After Release, we are going inside the courtroom to monitor and track the actions of Prince George’s County officials including frontline prosecutors, judges, and courtroom staff. We court watch to shine a light into the shrouded darkness behind the curtain, where Prince George’s County has committed to harming Black and brown people. We court watch because we must build a future that nurtures all Black lives in Prince George’s County. You can court watch with us from around the country in Prince Georges County District Court Bail review hearing. You do not have to be a lawyer to get involved but a caring person that want to understand more why the court system has disparity in Black, Brown and Tan communities and the need to want to show the nation how injustice the system really is. Committees: Campaign, Data Base Report, Social Media/Website, Newsletter, Orientation and training, Accountability Based on COVID-19 and social distancing. Our volunteer positions are virtual only. Contact Carmen 202-674-6300. This is a virtual position.

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  • 11:00 AM to 07:00 PM
    Court Watch and a committees are virtual for volunteers.
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About LIFE AFTER RELEASE

Location:

13802 S SPRINGFIELD RD, BRANDYWINE, MD 20613, US

Mission Statement

Life After Release began inside a Maryland prison in 2017 where incarcerated Black mothers began organizing to address prison conditions and to build a hopeful future after release. We realized that the state was not only failing to provide us transitional support and services but also that it was counting on keeping us in a cycle of policing, supervision and incarceration. Today, our mission is to build an abolition movement among Black women and families, rebuild our devastated communities and keep each other safe.

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Courtwatch PG is a growing community of volunteers from Prince George’s County, Maryland and the surrounding Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area - and beyond. We observe bail hearings in PG County District Court to document our county’s policies in action and to hold judicial actors accountable for injustice in the court system. Courtwatch PG is powered by Life After Release, and founded and led by formerly incarcerated Black women. We courtwatchers represent all ages and backgrounds. We are joined by the call to anti-racist action and by faith in abolitionist futures. Our Goals

  1. Gather real-time, objective data that will illuminate patterns and long term trends in the PG County Court System.
  2. Let PG County officials know that the public is paying attention to the bail process.
  3. Create an informed and involved public by educating communities about the court system

Advocacy & Human Rights
Community
Justice & Legal

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 1 shift

WHERE

4710 Auth Place2nd FloorCamp Springs, MD 20746

SKILLS

  • Advocacy
  • Administrative Support
  • Social Media / Blogging
  • Community Outreach
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Legal (General)

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Orientation or Training
  • Court Watch volunteer position: Monday to Friday 1:15pm up to 4:00pm for court watch. Or be on one of our committee most meet in the evening times. Newsletter, Accountability, Data Base, Social media, base building, campaigns committee.
  • Be able to be apart of an organization that fight racial and court room injustice and fighting for people whom have no voice.

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