Story and Photo by Justin Bright, NPR/ WUFT
The loved ones of those facing criminal trials in Gainesville may now influence the trial’s outcome through an initiative called participatory defense.
The program began 11 years ago in San Jose, California, to combat mass incarceration and humanize defendants in ways that typical court proceedings may not. Community organizers meet with the families and loved ones to educate them about the criminal justice system and to collect information regarding the case that can be presented to the public defender. READ MORE