At De-Bug’s ACJP, we have worked with countless families on a case by case basis on how they can construct a mitigation packet — a collection of letters, photos, certificates — to be submitted to their public defender to use for charge or sentence reduction. The packets have helped stop life sentences, have removed strike priors, turned felonies into misdemeanors, and over all reduced the amount of incarceration for community members. This week we held our first workshop, walking through the process, requirements, and approaches for families to create effective packets. In the room are mothers who sons were facing significant prison time, families who’s loved ones faced deportation, and others. We are excited to share the workshop to whomever is interested so they too can help bring the power of family story into the courtroom to impact cases. Feel free to email us if interested in a workshop! In the image, on the wall on the right, are pictures of families we have done social biography videos for, and a map of where we have trained public defenders on the concept.