Why Raj Jayadev is helping Philly’s criminal justice system adopt participatory defense

By Grace Shallow, Generocity | November 21, 2018

Stoneleigh Fellow Raj Jayadev is featured by Generocity for his work with the Defender Association and community-based partners to make Philadelphia a national model for participatory defense.

Albert Cobarrubias was the first homicide of 2010 in San Jose, California. But Raj Jayadev remembers the young man as more than a grave statistic.

Cobarrubias, who had just graduated from San Jose State University, aspired to be a lawyer for the underserved. He was also volunteering with Silicon Valley De-Bug, a grassroots advocacy and storytelling nonprofit that Jayadev cofounded.

So Jayadev honored him by creating the Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project (ACJP), San Jose’s hub for participatory defense, a model that connects community members with the criminal justice system in hopes of better advocacy for people facing a judge.

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