Criminal Justice

A group of Black women and men hold signs protesting the death of death of Walter Scott, who was killed by police in a shooting, outside City Hall in North Charleston, South Carolina, on April 8, 2015.

117 Civil Rights Advocacy Groups Commit to Justice Platform for 2020 Election

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Civil Rights Corps and 115 other groups propose a unified plan for “transforming our criminal-legal system into one that respects the humanity, dignity and rights of all people.”

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Watch Michael B. Jordan in Dramatic Trailer for 'Just Mercy'

The movie brings the real life story of criminal justice reform advocate Bryan Stevenson to the big screen.

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Harvard Students Push for University to Divest From Prisons

The young activists say their school should not invest in companies that profit from mass incarceration.

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Ben & Jerry's Remixes Ice Cream for Social Justice

The brand’s newest flavor, Justice ReMix’d, was created “to spotlight structural racism in a broken criminal legal system.”

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Landmark Case Set to Expose Racial Bias In Capital Punishment

“They feared that breaking the link between the death penalty and race would remove too many people from death row. They decided they were willing to accept racial bias to keep the death penalty.”

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California Passes One of Nation's Strictest Deadly Force Guidelines

The legislation says law enforcement officers can only use deadly force “when necessary to defend against an immediate, deadly threat to themselves or others.”

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Colin Kaepernick Guest Edits Paper Magazine

The activist takes over the latest issue to keep the conversation—and the work—going around the fight for justice for Black and Brown people.

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NYPD Finally Fires Cop Who Killed Eric Garner

Emerald Snipes-Garner to New York Police Department Commissioner James P. O’Neill: “I thank you for firing the officer. But we will go after the rest of the officers involved. It’s not over.”

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Millennials Overwhelmingly Support Criminal Justice Reform

The latest survey from the GenForward Project says even across lines of race and ethnicity, millennials are deeply concerned about the relationship between police and the people they are supposed to serve and protect.

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How Can Rethinking Policing Reverse the Mass Incarceration Epidemic?

A new report from the Vera Institute of Justice breaks down how a single negative interaction with a police officer can alter a life forever—and how a shift in how the nation approaches justice can prevent the criminalization of people of color.

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Message From the Ferguson Grassroots, 5 Years After Michael Brown's Death

Five years after the Michael Brown Rebellion, key activists and organizers weigh in on the impact of their local movement. 

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Activist Melissa McKinnies on the Mike Brown Rebellion—And the Lynching of Her Son Danye

Melissa McKinnies was a Ferguson uprising fixture. It’s for this reason that the St. Louis mother believes that one of her sons was lynched in their backyard. Here are her words.

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'Free Meek' Docuseries Illustrates Plight of Black Men in Criminal Justice System

The five-part series explores racial injustice in the judicial system through the all too common case of rapper Meek Mill.

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Missing Mike-Mike: Michael Brown Sr. Reflects on the 5 Years Since His Son Became a Political Symbol

Before Michael Brown Jr. became an international symbol of racialized police violence, he was an 18-year-old who cracked jokes, made music and planned for his future. Here, a deeply personal reflection by his dad on the fifth anniversary of his killing.

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It's Still Dangerous to Drive While Black in Ferguson

Black drivers in Missouri continue to be stopped by police at a much higher rate than White drivers.

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Trump Links Call for Background Checks With Immigration Reform in Wake of Mass Shootings

The president took to Twitter to suggest “marrying” the two unrelated and politically divisive issues.

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NYPD Judge Says Eric Garner’s Killer, Daniel Pantaleo, Should be Fired

The fate of Daniel Pantaleo, the police officer who used the fatal chokehold on the Staten Island father, is now in the hands of the police commissioner.

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New York Becomes the 15th State to Decriminalize Marijuana

The new law is designed to issue fines instead of jail time and to create a path for people to expunge possession convictions from their records. 

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WATCH: Doc Explores How Criminal Justice System Fails People With Mental Illnesses

“Forty hours of mental health training in a police academy that’s seven-and-a-half months long isn’t long enough.”

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Frantz Fanon's Daughter to Michigan Prisons: Take 'Black Skin, White Masks' Off the Banned Book List

The Michigan state prison system has banned Frantz Fanon’s seminal race theory book “Black Skin, White Masks” from its libraries. Here’s how legal experts and his daughter, Mireille Fanon-Mendès, are fighting to get the classic back into prisoners’ hands.