Criminal Justice

A little Black girl wearing colorful barrettes holds a rag in front of her mouth to block police tear gas during a protest against the killing of Michael Brown

Police Killed Michael Brown 3 Years Ago. Reflections on the Energy and Trauma of the Uprising It Sparked

On August 9, 2014 Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot an unarmed Black 18-year-old named Michael Brown. Ashley Yates was on the ground organizing during the uprising that followed. In this Q&A, writer, activist and artist Ashley Yates talks about facing militarized police daily, healing from burnout, and where the movement should go from here.

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New Website Exposes the Identities, Salaries and Alleged Histories of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputies Accused of Serious Misconduct

Dignity and Power Now is compiling information from news sources, public records and alleged survivors to list every Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputies with histories of serious misconduct.

Protestors

Police Shooting of Justine 'Damond' Ruszczyk Exposes a Vicious Double Standard [OPINION]

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis organizer Miski Noor argues that the White victim of police violence was afforded a benefit of the doubt that is withheld from Black, Latino, Indigenous and other marginalized people who are disproportionately the targets of state sanctioned violence.

Kamala Harris talking

Senator Kamala Harris Introduces Bipartisan Money Bail Reform Bill

“We must come together to reform a bail system that is discriminatory, wasteful and fails to keep our communities safe.”

Black-and-white image of Black man holding black police sign with white text in imitation police line-up

WATCH: Lakeith Stanfield Fights Wrongful Murder Conviction in 'Crown Heights' Trailer

The “Atlanta” star portrays Colin Warner, a Trinidadian-American teen falsely convicted of murder and seeking exoneration for his two-decade incarceration.

Spray painted sign reads: "287g turns cops into ICE monsters."

Jail Where Sandra Bland Died Now Authorized to Detain Undocumented Immigrants

The Waller County (Texas) Jail was recently approved for Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s 287(g) program—despite failing its Texas Commission on Jail Standards inspection.

Black woman in black glasses and black dress with pink, purple, white, red and yellow flowers speaks behind black microphones on clear podium in front of pink screen with black text

Ava DuVernay Explores Central Park Five Case for Netflix Miniseries

DuVernay: “In their journey, we witness five innocent young men of color who were met with injustice at every turn—from coerced confessions to unjust incarceration to public calls for their execution by the man who would go on to be the president of the United States.”

Brown woman in maroon t-shirt holds white sign with red, black and blue text in front of Black and Brown people in front of blue sky with white clouds and green and brown palm trees

Florida Judge Strikes Down Updated 'Stand Your Ground' Law

Critics say the latest version of the law that helped exonerate George Zimmerman allows more people to claim self defense, even when they provoked the encounter.

A Black woman with long hair speaks angrily

Philando Castile's Mom, Valerie: 'I'm Mad As Hell Right Now, Yes I Am!'

On the heels of the not-guilty verdict for the former police officer who fatally shot her son, Valerie Castile blasts the “free reign” of law enforcement with “no regard for human life.”

Little Black girl, words: "National Bail Out."

#EndMoneyBail Movement Continues With Three June National Days of Action

Two dozen advocacy groups hope to bail out people who are stuck in jail awaiting trials.

Prison corridor

Here's Why New York City's Pension Program Just Divested From Private Prisons

“Society used mass incarceration as an economic development strategy at the expense of communities of color. Today, we’re taking action.”

Karyna Jaramillo, a transgender activist from Cuernavaca, México, who fights for immigrant and LGBTQ communities in Maricopa County, Arizona.

[VIDEO] This Trans Latina Immigrant Activist Won't Let Her Identity Stop Her From Protecting Her Community

In another segment of a five-part video series featuring immigration activists in Maricopa County, Arizona, Karyna Jaramillo struts her truth—even if law enforcement refuses to acknowledge it.

Black women

REPORT: Black Women Should Be Thriving, But Racism and Sexism

Contributor and Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza: “Ultimately, we aim to contribute to that movement by ensuring that Black women are at the center of an economy and a democracy that works for all of us.”

Crowd of protestors, one holds sign that says, "I am an immigrant. Ask me how to make America great again."

This Study Found That as Immigration Increases, Violent Crime Decreases

Researchers examined crime rates in California, where the majority of residents are people of color.

A shadow is cast of a cell door of a male prison on March 15, 2017, in Wrexham, Wales.

READ: How Prisons Are Affected By Climate Change

Across the country, incarcerated men and women’s lives are in danger as a result of facilities’ environmental violations.

Marlon Peterson. Black man on a stage.

WATCH: Marlon Peterson Breaks Down Why America Must Invest in the Formerly Incarcerated

The criminal justice reform advocate’s newly-released Ted Talk is titled “Am I Not Human?”

Balck boys through bus window, police officer outside bus.

READ: Criminal Defense Attorneys on the Policing of Black Boys

Angela J. Davis and Kristin Henning explain how the policing of Black boys leads to the conditioning of Black men in a new op-ed for NPR’s Code Switch.

Black woman in black dress holds gold award statue behind brown podium with black microphone in front of orange and black wall

ICYMI: This Passage From Ava DuVernay's Peabody Speech Sums Up Why We Must End Mass Incarceration

DuVernay won a Peabody Award for her documentary, “13th,” which examines the relationship between contemporary mass incaraceration and slavery.

LIVESTREAM: Criminal Justice Reform Panel Features Melissa Harris-Perry, Michael K. Williams

Academics, advocates, formerly incarcerated people and more will unite to talk about the current state of criminal justice in America.

UPDATE: U.S. Government Extends Temporary Protected Status for Haitian Nationals For 6 More Months

Temporary protected status will last six more months for 58,000 Haitian immigrants in the United States. The loss of this immigration protection could lead to deportation to a country that continues to struggle with the impact of two earthquakes and a devastating cholera epidemic.