Law Enforcement

In addition to keeping our communities safe through policing, officers have a key role to play in upholding justice.
Law enforcement officers are essential to allowing access to counsel while the accused individual is incarcerated before and during the trial. Furthermore, these officers are often responsible for overseeing accused individuals who are incarcerated pretrial, and depending on circumstances may have a role in protecting the right to a speedy trial. Additionally, law enforcement plays a major role in working with other stakeholders to address issues of racial justice in their community and the justice system.

What do I need to do to accomplish my role?

  • An understanding of and commitment to best practices for law enforcement officers in upholding Sixth Amendment rights
  • Reflection on your own actions that help or hinder equal justice for those in your custody
  • A willingness to learn from successful projects and model programs in other jurisdictions

 

How might I be hindering justice?

  • Not advising individuals of their Miranda rights before custodial interrogation
  • Not allowing accused individuals to meet with an attorney at the police station, jail, or other detention facility.
  • Not providing a private space for confidential conversations between an accused individual and their attorney
  • Not prolonging accused individuals’ custody before trial
  • Not treating arrested or incarcerated individuals with dignity

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No matter what your role is, you can be a part of the movement to Strengthen the Sixth and ensure fair trials and accurate verdicts for every community.

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