On the heels of a powerful decision by the United States Supreme Court in Ramos v. Louisiana that held non-unanimous juries unconstitutional, the Promise of Justice Initiative (PJI) is filing petitions on behalf of Louisianans denied their day in Court and deprived of their liberty.
PJI believes that our constitutional rights can’t take a back seat. They have to apply to everyone consistently, even if that takes work to guarantee.
Relief for these people offers the possibility of healing for Louisiana, which had existed under a Jim Crow era racist law for over a century. The U.S. Supreme Court then made it clear that the State has been depriving Louisianans of their constitutional right to a unanimous jury trial.
PJI thinks that it is our moral responsibility to heal these wounds for the people who have the suffered the deepest injuries—the men and women who have had their liberty taken and are wrongfully serving time in Louisiana’s prisons.