Criminal Justice

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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.”

Surveillance cameras stand above the US-Mexican border fence at on January 27, 2017, in Tijuana, Mexico.

Trump's Border Wall Funding Will Likely Not Make It Into This Year's Budget

Republican leaders worry that including the proposed $1.5 billion for the project will lead to a partial government shutdown.

After 4 Years of Fighting, Palestinian-American Activist Rasmea Odeh Accepts Plea Agreement in Immigration Fraud and Terrorism Case

In light of the current political climate, Odeh believes that she could not receive a fair trial in her legal battle with the federal government over immigration fraud and terrorism charges.

New Settlement Aims to Protect Muslims From Discriminatory NYPD Surveillance

“This agreement sends a critical message to the federal government and police forces around the country that law enforcement can and must do its job without resorting to discrimination.”

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How Trump's Proposed Budget Will Impact People of Color

We went through the budget line by line, so you don’t have to.

A protester holds a Black Lives Matter placard during march in reaction to the fatal police shooting of unarmed black man, Alfred Olango, on September 30, 2016, in El Cajon, California.

STUDY: Concerns About Race Relations in U.S. at a Record High

Forty-two percent of Americans worry a "great deal," according to a new Gallup poll.

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'Formation' Director: 'I Didn't Know the Video Was Going to Incite All Those Conversations'

Melina Matsoukas opens up about her work with both Knowles sisters, being a Black woman in a White man-dominated industry for the New Yorker. 

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Trump's VOICE Program Could Take Us Back to Darker Times

VOICE, the new office Trump has created for victims of crimes committed by undocumented people, won't keep anyone safer. It will further criminalize people of color. 

Hosted by Noticias Telemundo Anchor José Díaz-Balart, “Conoce tus derechos” (Know Your Rights) covered specific scenarios under President Donald Trump’s new immigration policies and informed the audience about their legal rights.

3 Must-See Segments from Telemundo's Latest 'Know Your Rights' Special

The Spanish-language network touched on what documented and undocumented immigrants need to know if ICE officers show up.