Criminal Justice

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Sign reads "Bail Bonds" behind chain-link fence

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.