HLAF's Jail Decongestion Program (JD) is our flagship program. All other programs are designed to support the goals of the jail decongestion program. It has run since HLAF's establishment and has since evolved from a traditional lawyering project into an alternative lawyering program.
In this program cycle, we aim to decongest jails by focusing on the perspective, attitudes and knowledge of duty-bearers and the community. While we continue to scour the jails and the court records for inmates who are eligible to be released and work for their releases, we will simultaneously work to change the punitive attitudes of the community and key jail officers. We believe that by doing this, duty-bearers and members of the community alike will be more sensitive to prevent arbitrary, unlawful and unnecessary deprivation of liberty.