N-Map is excited to be working on a new short film for The Constitution Project about the public defense system in the United States. The film will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Gideon v Wainwright, the landmark Supreme Court decision that established the right to counsel as a constitutional right. Though the decision guaranteed a… Read More Guilty Until Proven Innocent? Stories of the Failing Public Defense System in the U.S.
Check out this preview of one of N-Map’s latest projects – an advocacy campaign with the Innocence Project and John Thompson and the issue of prosecutorial misconduct in the U.S. John is a death row exoneree – he spent 14 years on death row for a murder that he had nothing to do with because his prosecutors… Read More Fighting prosecutorial misconduct – a work in progress
N-Map teamed up with the Advancement Project and Michigan Forward to create a video to help them raise awareness about Public Act 4, a law that permits the Governor to unilaterally appoint an “Emergency Manager” to essentially displace local government – including elected officials like mayors, city council members, and school boards. The law is… Read More Restoring Democracy in Michigan
The end of one year and start of the next always brings the inevitable compilation of lists of the “Best of the Year” in regards to pretty much any category you can imagine. And while this year’s “Top Ten Movies” brought with it the inclusion of the usual suspects, there is one movie that keeps… Read More The Big Picture – Winning “Unwinnable” Cases and Plugging Holes in the Legal System
A Second Circuit panel issued an opinion in the Crude case a few days ago. The ordered the director of Crude, Tom Berlinger, to hand over almost all – 500 hours – of his raw footage from the production of the film. In some ways even more devastating, a few months ago the district court… Read More Crude Case Decided in the Second Circuit
I just wanted to repost our one minute piece on overcrowding at Mirebalais prison in Haiti. Other posts about the prisons and our work in Haiti are here, here, and here.
We have been brainstorming with our partners in Haiti about collaborating on a case that could have far reaching effects in helping to reform Haiti’s penal and justice systems. The case is in its very early stages, but it does illustrate how dynamic and useful new media advocacy can be. This is Fragil: We met… Read More Fragil
Take a look at the first short edited piece to come out of our work with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. This is very much a work in progress, edited on the road by our amazing producer, Dan Ramirez. Stay tuned for more. Edit: the movie is up on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zt3DXrusws4. … Read More The Men of Cell 5
The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti and Partners in Health (Zamni Lasante in Haiti) have teamed up to fight against the human rights and public health disaster that is the Haitian prison system. This is a photo of the inside of Cell 5 at Mirebalais prison. We measured Cell 5 at about 20… Read More Prison in Haiti
10%-20&. 10%-20% are the numbers that motivate me as we gear up to work on our first project. According to the Haitian government and NGOs working in Haiti, only 10%-20% of people currently held in Haitian prisons have been convicted of a crime after a lawful trial. 10%! Most of the remaining 80%-90% are held… Read More Improving Haiti’s Prisons