Felicia Chew on Fair Representation

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Want to be outraged? Be outraged that those accused of crimes do not have fair representation. 

Think it can’t happen to you or your loved ones?  Think again.  Think about how easy it is to have mistaken identities.  Think about how the Chinese who were mistaken for Japanese during the sweep for internment camps, or during the automotive crisis.  Remember Vincent Chin.

Remember those who were wrongfully convicted and served prison sentences for crimes they did not commit, including Frank Lee Smith, Ron Williamson, Anthony Capozzi. (http://www.forensicsciencetechnician.net/25-wrongly-convicted-felons-exonerated-by-new-forensic-evidence/)

Think about sentencing reform:
“The reformers say decriminalizing more offenses related to homelessness, drug addiction and mental illness would also free up public defenders to spend more time on serious cases.”

Understand that poor policies have consequences that can affect each of us, and all of us.
“When public defenders have five times as much work as they can competently handle, terrible things happen, too.”

Read more at http://www.feliciachew.com/loopholes

“We are each a piece of the puzzle of life.  Without each of us, our picture is incomplete.”

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