"Watching the Criminal Justice System... with a thousand eyes!"
The Robert Charles Project, Inc. (RCP), established 2001, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to observing, addressing and participating in issues of criminal justice in American society. The Robert Charles Project, Inc. is dedicated to addressing the long-standing iniquities and disparities in the processing of criminal justice in America that come with historical racism, poverty and discrimination against American citizens of all races. RCP observes, reports, advocates and at times, represents those victimized by disparate treatment at the hands of participants in the criminal justice industrial complex in its many facets and iterations. Frequently those individuals represented by RCP are those who would otherwise not be able to garner adequate legal representation, resulting in further victimization of people ensnared in the system.
The Robert Charles Project, Inc. also represents children in the role of Guardian ad Litem in various cases, criminal and civil, to ensure they are protected during the process and the courts are aware of what is in their best interests for a given situation/case.
The Robert Charles Project, Inc. is engaged in community building to address the issues of race, class and disparate treatment, to further understanding, further engagement and provide solutions to society-wide problems and concerns.
The founder of RCP, Inc., Anthony Haughton, is a longtime participant of the American criminal justice system, first as a correctional officer within the Iowa prison system, then as a probation/parole officer with over a decade in community-based corrections. Anthony is also a scholar, having studied and researched areas of criminal justice, race, racism and race-relations in America through pursuit of degree(s) in African-American World Studies (M.A.); Law degree (J.D.) and; History (Ph.D./ABD) with an emphasis of the history of the “cops, courts and corrections.” Though still incomplete, Anthony’s Ph.D. dissertation is on the topic of ‘Convict Leasing in Louisiana, 1868-1901.’ Convict leasing is the system that allowed the re-enslavement of Black and poor people through the implementation and passing of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
Anthony Haughton is a practicing, licensed attorney in the State of Iowa in good standing.