SDARJ committees address the organization’s mission and goals in specialized areas. Passionate volunteers contribute their expertise based on what needs to be done — and more importantly what gives them a positive volunteer experience. Contact the committee chairs listed below and let them know what you’d like to do!


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Legislative/Advocacy Committee

Mission

The Legislative/Advocacy Committee monitors legislation in the Delaware General Assembly and advocates for legislation that supports the mission and goals of the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice.

Goals

  • Promote and support sentencing reform
  • Promote and support solitary confinement (restrictive housing) reform
  • Promote and support pre-trial detention reform
  • Support the Criminal Defense Project


Activities Related to Goal

  • Promote and support sentencing reform
    • Gathering data on number of Delaware prisoners serving life sentences under the “three strikes” rule; focusing on those convicted of non-violent crimes
    • Supporting Delaware legislation mirroring federal reforms
  • Promote and support solitary confinement (restrictive housing) reform
    • Monitoring executive and legislative response to study
    • Monitoring outcome of ACLU lawsuit and its impact on study recommendations
  • Promote and support pre-trial detention reform
    • Obtaining better data on current practices/numbers of pre-trial detainees
    • Supporting legislative efforts to determine budget implications of current pre-trial laws/practices
    • Studying best practices adopted by other jurisdictions
  • Support the Criminal Defense Project
    • Following up with Chris Kervick (Criminal Justice Council) on proposals involving the Bar Association for providing support to convicted felons
    • Considering public education session with Widener Law School faculty on criminal defense/justice issues in cooperation with the League of Women Voters or other groups
    • Reviewing report on Sixth Amendment organization

Join the Legislative/Advocacy Committee

Contact Committee Chair, Nancy Powell by email to see how you can use your unique skills to contribute to our advocacy successes!


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Marketing Communications Committee

Mission

The Marketing Communications Committee works to promote Alliance programs, activities and accomplishments.

Goals

  • Maximize attendance at Alliance meetings and events through media releases and supporter broadcasts
  • Enhance our online presence via our website and social media outlets
  • Build and maintain our roster of Alliance supporters

Activities

  • Develop and distribute news releases to Southern Delaware media outlets
  • Work with program coordinators to effectively promote their events
  • Work with committees to create news articles about their activities and accomplishments

Join the Marketing Communications Committee

Contact Committee Chair, Jay Schiavo by email to see how you can use your unique skills to contribute to our successes!


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Outreach/Education Committee

Mission

The Outreach/Education Committee works to extend our racial justice programs and initiatives to the broader Sussex County Communities.

Goals

  • Solicit support of the faith- and education-based churches and organizations in working toward racial justice
  • Initiate and present African American history programs to local youth

Join the Outreach/Education Committee

Contact by email the Re-Entry Committee Chair to see how you can use your unique skills to contribute to our successes!


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Court Support Committee

Mission

The Court Support Committee assists in providing fair and equitable justice outcomes.

Goals

  • Provide support to incarcerated individuals and their families by by observing and assessing court proceedings
  • Report on the quality of court proceedings and provide suggestions for improvement to judicial officials

Join the Court Support Committee

Contact by email the Court Support Committee Chair to see how you can use your unique skills to contribute to our successes!

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