Criminal Justice

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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.

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ICYMI: Criminal Justice Orgs Denounce Jeff Sessions' Mandatory Minimums Directive

Activists and advocacy groups say the attorney general's latest sentencing order fuels the War on Drugs at the expense of communities of color.

This Mother’s Day, Let's Honor Our Mamas With Actions That Reflect the Radical Roots of the Holiday

Keeping in mind the spirit of its origins, we offer you a range of ways to do good on Mother's Day.

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REPORT: How the For-Profit Bail System Locks Black People in Debt

Rashad Robinson of Color Of Change: “Big insurance is raking in huge profits by putting a price on people’s freedom.”

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READ: Why Crime Survivors Who Refuse to Testify Should Not Be Jailed

New Orleans-based journalist Deborah Cotton died this week from wounds sustained during a 2013 shooting. Her new, posthumously published essay argues that incarcerating crime victims who won't testify feeds distrust between prosecutors and communities of color.

Woman, flanked by young men, holds sign that reads: "#SancturaryEverywhere."

REPORT: Local Policies Often Make 'Sanctuary City' Label Meaningless

Fair Punishment Project’s Jessica Brand: “If mayors truly want to protect immigrants from deportation, they need to act swiftly to end harmful criminal justice practices that criminalize poverty.”

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Why Weed Decriminalization Alone Won't Fix Racist Drug Enforcement

The City of Atlanta is considering fines instead of jail for recreational weed possession. But if decriminalization isn't coupled with new policies on arrest quotas, financial incentives and racial profiling, the main purpose of the change could go up in smoke. 

Activists—undocumented immigrants and their allies—hold their banner in solidarity with immigrants who are facing increased ICE detentions.

Immigrant Rights Action Ends in 3 Arrests in Michigan

Activists blocked a highway in lead up to the Day Without Immigrants strike set for May 1.

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4 Questions With Drug (Reform)-Loving Comic Duo, the Lucas Bros.

The twin stoner comedians lampoon Richard Nixon, the War on Drugs and more in their Netflix special out this week. In honor of 4/20, we spoke to Keith and Kenny about race, drug sentencing, legalization—and how their cameo in '22 Jump Street' may have saved their lives.

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LIVESTREAM: Criminal Justice Reform Town Hall

Decarcerated: What Justice Looks Like will talk to five formerly incarcerated people who are working to improve the reentry experiences of the 70 million people living in the United States with a past criminal conviction.

Jeff Sessions: Stop 'Handcuffing the Police Instead of the Criminals'

The United States attorney general wrote an op-ed for USA Today that lays out his plan for making neighborhoods “safe and peaceful.”

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How It Feels to Be a Black Woman Teaching Boys of Color Behind Bars

In her new book, "All Day," poet and playwright Liza Jessie Peterson chronicles her year of teaching mostly Black and Latino boys inside New York City's vicious Rikers Island jail. Herewith, a Q&A.

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Death Penalty Abolitionists Rally to Stop Arkansas Executions

Seven people are scheduled to be executed by month’s end.

Surveillance cameras stand above the U.S.-Mexican border fence at Playas de Tijuana on January 27, 2017, in Tijuana, Mexico.

Environmental Group First to Sue Trump Administration for Border Wall

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ): “Trump’s wall ... will do little more than perpetuate human suffering while irrevocably damaging our public lands and the wildlife that depend on them.”

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[VIDEO] Constance Malcolm, Mother of Police Slaying Victim Ramarley Graham, Talks About Her Family's Battle for Justice

Ramarley Graham should be celebrating his 24th birthday today. But in 2012, NYPD officers kicked in the door of his Bronx apartment and fatally shot the unarmed 18-year-old. In honor of his memory, his mom, Constance Malcolm, spoke to Colorlines about her family's five-year fight for answers.

A demonstrator wears a Trump campaign-style hat that bears a pro-immigrant message during the Immigrants Make America Great March to protest actions being taken by the Trump administration on February 18, 2017, in Los Angeles, California.

REPORT: Latest Federal Arrest Numbers Show a Focus on Immigration-Related Offenses

Federal law enforcement arrested more people for immigration-related offenses in 2014 than they did for drugs, weapons and property crimes combined.

A demonstrator protests inside a Wells Fargo Bank branch November 17, 2011, in Portland, Oregon. Then, they were protesting its funding of private prisons. Now, they've gotten the city to divest from it due to its interests in the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Portland Votes to Divest from All Corporations

This includes the Dakota Access Pipleine and companies which profit from the prison industrial complex. 

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Criminal Justice Reform Advocates Respond to Plan to Close Rikers Island

“It’s not close Rikers while we allow law makers to make policy that continues to criminalize Brown and Black people.”