National Capital Crime Assistance Network
National Capital Crime Assistance Network
Prisoners facing capital charges, Death Row, or Life Without Parole need legal, investigative and community assistance. Some are without lawyers or are having problems with their lawyers. Most need investigative work on their cases. Others need local contacts, support groups and contact with the media. Many need their families and friends to have training/support to facilitate meaningful work on the cases. Some need innocence claims presented to innocence organizations. Both prisoners and their loved ones need to gain skills in summarizing case issues, identifying tasks, and finding resources so that they can become effective self-advocates and advocates. NCCAN addresses these issues by networking nationally and acting locally.
NCCAN Activities That Help Lead to Solutions:
• Correspondence with prisoners and family members
• Troubleshooting for prisoners and family members - securing a lawyer, an investigator and community support network, etc.
• Maintaining and updating files on NCCAN associated death row/capital charges/life without parole cases
• Networking with family/friends of prisoners
• Networking with lawyers of prisoners
• Networking with local community resources in state/community of prisoner
• Networking with
• Identifying issues that need to be investigated; developing investigative strategy
• Training community and family members with Capital Defense Handbook
• Developing a training manual for family, friends, and community activists that involves fundraising, coordination with lawyers/innocence projects/prisoners, investigation, strategy, reading all legal documents, record keeping, etc. Working on model cases using all volunteer help
How Your Donations Are Used to Support Our Work
NCCAN is a small nonprofit, run by volunteers out of their own houses. Our annual budget is approximately $14,000, and fueled by donations from individuals. The donations go to office expenses, trips to essential conferences, to visit prisoners, and to help conduct investigations that might lead to freeing an innocent prisoner. On such a slim budget, any donation counts, no matter how small. If everyone who reads this were to donate just $5, we could hire a lawyer to help a prisoner get his/her case back into court, or some other worthy goal. The needs of innocent prisoners are overwhelming. We field thousands of appeals from desperate people every year.
Both privacy and transparency are important considerations. We are happy to answer any questions you might have on what your donation will be spent on. Your personal information will not be sold, given, or made available to any other entity.
Help an innocent man raise attorney fees to gain freedom from prison
James Moore is a great guy, and a top-notch husband and stepdad. There’s just one thing—eleven years ago, James was wrongly charged and convicted of a crime he did not commit. The evidence pointed in another direction, but as a black man with limited resources, and no awareness that as an innocent person he should be concerned with what could be a flawed justice process, he found himself in prison.
As his friends, we’ve been through the ups and downs. We had all the questions you’re asking, and talked directly to James and asked them. We’ve walked through the evidence, the testimony, the transcripts, the appeals. We are convinced of his innocence. We’ve written attorneys, and hoped. Lord, have we hoped.
And now, we have real live hope. Heather, James's wife, has retained an attorney who not only recognizes that there was a great deal of poor representation and inappropriate investigation, but who is also willing to actually do the work and put in the significant effort to try to appeal James' case.
We are helping Heather to raise money for the attorney’s fees needed for James' last chance at an appeal. Our goal is to raise $5,000 for attorneys’ fees, Heather’s travel expenses to see James and meet with the attorney, and to keep the hope going. Their real need is much, much higher, but every little bit helps defray the costs.
To find out more, click here.
To help James and Heather Moore meet their goal, click here.
The Woman Behind the Scenes
Claudia Whitman is an energetic woman with a passion for justice. Single-handedly she built the nonprofit organization called the National Capital Crime Assistance Network, or NCCAN. She has had a long association with justice organizations, but she began her career as an artist. She still practices her original vocation while she fields hundreds of appeals from desperate prisoners.
Facts About CURE
CURE, or Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants, is a unique organization that is run for prisoners, by prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families and friends. Donations are collected from individuals, and the work of CURE is run in the homes of its participants. CURE is multi-layered with International, National, State/Issue, and local chapters covered by CURE's Constitution and bylaws. CURE has obtained consultative status with the United Nations, enabling it to participate in a wide range of discussions on issues affecting civil society.