Criminal Justice

Atatiana Jefferson. A 28-year-old Black woman killed by white police officer Aaron Dean

Officer Who Killed Atatiana Jefferson Charged With Murder

The city’s police chief apologized for the shooting death, but the victim’s relatives say the former officer’s arrest is just the beginning of their fight for justice.

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Activists Urge Lawmakers to End Amazon Ring Partnerships With Police

More than 30 organizations published a joint letter that details how the app threatens civil liberties and puts people of color at disproportionate risk.

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ACLU Fights to Secure Voting Rights for Formerly Incarcerated in Florida

The civil rights group seeks to remove wealth-based hurdles to voting.

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Civil Rights Leaders Urge Supreme Court to Uphold One of the Nation's Oldest Anti-Discrimination Statutes

The activists say that Comcast v. National Association of African American-Owned Media and Entertainment Studios Networks, Inc. is the most important civil rights case that the SCOTUS will hear this term.

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The '94 Crime Bill 25 Years Later: It's Time for a Reckoning [Op-Ed]

Justice advocates say we must address the harm caused by the legislation and create a new vision for safety and freedom.

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Study Links High-Suspension Schools With Incarceration Later in Life

A working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research adds to the body of research surrounding the school to prison pipeline and its impact on students of color.

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Department of Homeland Security Finally Calls White Supremacy a Threat to the Nation

A new report from the agency calls out White supremacists as drivers of domestic terror.

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.”

Colin Kaepernick. Black man with cornrows and facial hair wearing white fitted jersey.

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.

Eric Garner protest. Person holds pink flowers and white sign that reads, "We are Eric Garner."

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.

A Black man wearing a t-shirt that says "Ferguson is everywhere" protests at night.

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. 

Melissa McKinnies and Danye Jones. Black woman and Black boy sit next to each other and smile.

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.