EXCLUSIVE: Powerful Clip From HBO Doc on Bryan Stevenson's Liberatory Work
In “True Justice,” the Equal Justice Initiative founder connects the dots between enslavement and death sentences for Black people—and breaks down why he is committed to ending mass incarceration.
New York State Prepares to Decriminalize Sex Work
A new bill aims to protect sex workers, particularly immigrant and trans workers of color.
Q&A: Meet the Formerly Incarcerated Dad Who Created an App to Connect Families
Colorlines talks to Antoine Patton about Photo Patch, the app he created with his daughter after teaching himself to code behind bars.
LISTEN: San Quentin State Prison Podcast 'Ear Hustle' Returns for New Season
Season four introduces listeners to a new host and a segment about learning the ropes in the prison.
'Solitary' Film to Tell Story of Angola 3's Albert Woodfox
Mahershala Ali will executive produce, and perhaps star, in biopic of the Black man who spent 43 years in solitary confinement for a crime he says he didn’t commit.
Activists Ask DA to Reopen Linda Fairstein's Cases
The prosecutor who plays a huge role in Netflix’s “When They See Us” is getting her time in the court of public opinion.
Where Does Your State Rank When It Comes to Black Homicide?
A new study ranks states according to the number of Black teens and adults killed.
How An Antiquated Reading of the Law Prevents the Formerly Incarcerated From Voting in Georgia
State officials maintain a strict interpretation of the law, which prevents voting by anyone convicted of a “felony involving moral turpitude.”
Black Census Project Reveals Electorate's Concerns—and Power
More than half of the 30,000+ survey participants said that politicians do not care about them or their interests.
Second Chance Pell Experiment Expands Education Behind Bars
The program provides need-based grants to people incarcerated in state and federal prisons so that they can take college courses.
REPORT: 4 Strategies to Eliminate the Harmful Effects of Systemic Racism
A new study from Urban Institute gathers insights from leading policymakers, advocates and experts to present ways to imagine a future without the dangerous, long-term consequences of structural racism.
READ: Andrew Gillum Slams Florida Leaders for Taxing Formerly Incarcerated at the Polls
The former mayor of Tallahassee says a bill that effectively rolls back the language of Florida’s Amendment 4 is “unworthy of the governor’s signature.”
Activists Organize to Bail Out Black Mamas for Mother's Day
In more than two dozen cities across the country, mothers who cannot afford bail are getting help to get home.
Sandra Bland's Family Wants Case Reopened After New Arrest Video Surfaces
Bland’s personal cellphone footage of the violent encounter was uncovered by a local Dallas news station.
Advocacy Groups Call Out Discriminatory Practices in Federal Employment
The ACLU and the Leadership Conference Education Fund urge the Office of Personnel Management to remove job application questions that they say would negatively impact people with arrest records.
New Documentary Explores Racism in the War on Drugs
Caron Butler’s “The Green Dream” shines a light on the devastation faced by Black and Latinx people who are criminalized for marijuana in record numbers.
Study Q&A: Report Examines Dangerous Effects of Pretrial Detention
Colorlines talked to the authors—who hail from Vera Institute of Justice and MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge—about the report’s findings.
WATCH: Trailer for Ava Duvernay's 'When They See Us'
The four-part limited Netflix series about the Central Park Five stars a slew of esteemed actors, including Michael K. Williams and John Leguizamo.
Marijuana Doc 'Grass Is Greener' Highlights War on Black and Latinx Communities
Fab 5 Freddy’s directorial debut explores the history of weed in the United States, including its criminalization and impact on music.
Chicago Sues Jussie Smollet for Money Spent on Investigation
The civil suit seeks roughly $130,000 plus legal fees, which is the maximum amount allowed by law.