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Coalition for Justice aims to reform court and prison system

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A newly-formed Houston organization claims George Zimmerman's not-guilty verdict should constitute a wake-up call for everyone.

Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida.

Afterward there were protests and counter-protests, some of them here in Houston.

Often, people's opinions of the verdict and the demonstrations seemed to be divided along racial lines.

The new group, American Coalition for Justice, aims to reform both the courts and the prison system.

Its founders include Dr. Kevin Simms, who says they don't want to do it by stoking racial resentments.

"Look, we're not really happy with some of the things that has happened in the criminal justice system," Simms said. "We're forming a coalition, American Coalition for Justice. Our purpose for this press conference is that we want to do something - we're going to do something about the criminal justice for all races, not just African-American."

The organization hopes to form chapters in other cities, enlisting churches and other non-profits in its cause.

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