FRIENDS OF JUSTICE is BREAKING THE SILENCE—– RECLAIMING the core mission of good news to the poor and liberty to the captive TRANSFORMING the world into a COMMON PEACE COMMUNITY.
Friends of Justice formed in response to the infamous Tulia drug sting of 1999 in which 47 people, 39 of them African Americans, were rounded up based on the false testimony of an undercover agent. Friends of Justice emerged as a coalition of defendant’s families and other concerned citizens who believed the defendants were being prosecuted on faulty evidence. Because of the work of Friends of Justice, the Texas Legislature passed the Tulia Corroboration Bill, which has led to the exoneration of dozens of innocent people by raising the evidentiary standards for undercover testimony.
Learning from our experience in Tulia, Friends of Justice launched narrative-based campaigns in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi designed to empower local communities and to hold public officials accountable for equal justice. For more, see our page dedicated to ongoing narrative campaigns.
Curtis Flowers, an innocent man from Winona, Mississippi, was the victim of an investigation so corrupt it would be funny . . . if it hadn’t deprived Mr. Flowers of 23 years of his life. In late June, 2019, the sixth conviction of Curtis Flowers was vacated by the Supreme Court. This was great news, but the prosecutor has the option on taking Curtis to trial for the seventh time on the same charges (that’s not a typo). Now, thanks in part to the groundbreaking work of Friends of Justice, Curtis is free and living with his family!
A decade ago, Shaun Cooks was wrongfully accused of firing two shots at a sheriff’s deputy. To understand how an issue as simple as that could be in dispute you have to understand a very big picture that traces back into the 19th century. Shaun is currently serving a life sentence in the Texas prison system. We are telling his story.
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Taking Out the Trash in Tulia, Texas by Dr. Alan Bean
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–Scott Greenfield of Simple Justice
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