special justice initiatives

PROP 47  –  CHANGE YOUR RECORD.  CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

A new law overwhelmingly passed by the people of California in November 2014 is now in effect for a period of three years.  You may be eligible to get non-violent felonies such as drug possession or shoplifting reclassified as misdemeanors or removed from your record.  This could mean:

  • A better job
  • A new place to live
  • Opportunities for college loans and more

To find out if you qualify visit www.myprop47.com or contact A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project, led by Supervising Staff Attorney CT Turney, 323-563-3575.

 “NOT JUST A FERGUSON PROBLEM”

“Not Just a Ferguson Problem:  How Traffic Courts are Driving Inequality in California,” is a monumental report released in 2015 highlighting the pervasive problems of traffic-related fines, fees, and driver’s license suspensions in California driving poor people deeper into poverty.

Epstein alumna Theresa Zhen (’14), a Skadden Fellow at A New Way of Life, co-authored the report, along with a coalition of social justice lawyers and organizations across the state, including East Bay Community Law Center, Western Center on Law & Poverty, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area and Legal Services for Prisoners with Children.

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