The Arizona Justice Project states seeking justice for the innocent and the wrongfully imprisoned as its primary mission.
Founded in 1998, the organization is committed to helping those who have been wrongfully imprisoned and those who are innocent undergoing legal battles in the state. It is only the fifth such organization registered in the United States at the time of its founding and registration in 1998. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Twitter
Today, there are over 60 organizations which like the Arizona Justice Project, is committed to helping inmates who have been wrongfully convicted to overturn their convictions and not suffer the injustice of serving sentence for crimes they have not committed.
The project was formed by members of the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice to ensure that victims of wrongful convictions would not be denied access to justice.
The founders believed very strongly that each time a person was denied justice or served injustice; it was an indication of how easy it would for other members of the society to suffer similar circumstances.
To ward off such a potent threat to the entire society, the project was formed to protest such injustices and provide assistance to those who had suffered such.
The Arizona Justice Project is one of many organizations which receive funding from the Lacey and Larkin FronteraFund. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was founded in 2012 from the proceeds that the founders received out of a settlement from their unlawful arrest orchestrated by Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arpaio.
Their detention happened in the year 2007, emanating from their coverage of the illegal activities of the county sheriff in perpetuating injustices against immigrants from neighboring Mexico and against his opponents, who he used county resources t intimidate into silence.
Following an expose covered in their publication in the same year, the sheriff led the revered Selective Enforcement Unit in arresting the two journalists from their houses in the middle of the night. The incident resulted in a massive public outcry which prompted the county authorities to release the two.
However, the two consider themselves true believers and defenders of the First Amendment. Driven by this string commitment to this Amendment and protesting the unjust and inhumane manner in which they were treated, they filed a lawsuit against the county government.
After a protracted court battle, they were awarded a 3.75 million dollar settlement in 2012 by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. It is the proceeds from this settlement that they used to start the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
The fund is committed to supporting finically and logistically other charitable organizations that commit themselves to the provision and defense of social justice to the weak and convicted members of society. It works in close conjunction with the team in Arizona in the United States and across the border in Mexico.
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