Criminal Justice

Grace Miranda, a young Latinx, holds a sign that reads "Stand Your Ground equals Kill At Will" at a rally in the daytime with four other protestors behind her holding signs.

Florida Police Can Use Stand Your Ground Defense in Deadly Shootings, Court Rules

Critics say the decision will make it more difficult to hold law enforcement officers criminally responsible for on-duty killings.

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Racial Justice Group Testifies That Pennsylvania's Proposed Risk Assessment Tool is Racist

Color of Change says the use of a computer algorithm to determine if and how long people should be sentenced to incarceration is racist and unfair.

Cyntoia Brown

How to Support Cyntoia Brown

Sentenced to life in prison at 16 for killing her would-be rapist, Brown is not eligible for parole until she is 67.

Three women in burgundy shirts sitting next to each other. They each make phone calls on blue telephones mounted on a wall with laminated signs including a plaque that says calls may be subject to recording.

Nearly Half of All U.S. Adults Have a Family Member Who Has Been Incarcerated

A new study finds that mass incarceration has ruinous consequences for the 113 million people in the United States whose family members have spent time in prisons or jails, and people of color are disproportionately impacted.

A brown woman wearing metallic gold heels shows her electronic monitoring bracelet.

#NoMoreShackles: Why Electronic Monitoring Devices Are Another Form of Prison [OP-ED]

We’re in a political moment when the demand to decarcerate is ushering in a wave of criminal justice reform. But if we ignore how electronic monitors create digital prisons, we run the risk of replicating the same forms of punishment.

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Alleged Mall Shooter Arrested, Police Still Can't Explain Why Officer Killed Emantic Bradford Jr.

The family of the Black man shot and killed by a police officer on Thanksgiving night is still waiting for the truth.

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'They Can Only Stretch the Bond. They Can't Break It.'

Michael Africa Jr. was born behind bars in 1978, right before his political prisoner parents were sentenced to 30 to 100 years. In 2018, for the first time in his life, Africa saw his mom and dad free and in the same space. Here’s a family story, 40 years in the making.

Eric Garner's Mother Responds as Officer Who Killed Her Son Finally Faces Disciplinary Hearing

“If this disciplinary hearing does not lead to a trial and Pantaleo losing his job, it will be a sham and a miscarriage of justice, plain and simple.”

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Midterms 2018: Progressive Prosecutors Elected to Reshape 'Lock-em-up' Mentality

Several reform-driven district attorneys won seats on Tuesday on pledges to revamp a criminal justice system that disproportionately targets people of color.

An old, abandoned state penitentiary cellblock bathed in sunlight.

New Report Shows Prison Can Block Access to Education for Life

Data sheds light on the educational mobility of formerly incarcerated people.

Leroy Harris. Black man in beige shirt in front of white doorway enveloped in dark shadows.

New Docuseries Highlights the Impact of Wrong Convictions

The first episode of Vice’s “Innocence Ignored” explores the many drawbacks of Alford pleas.

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MacArthur Foundation Commits $148 Million to Criminal Justice Reform

The organization’s Safety and Justice Challenge now includes a network of 52 cities and counties creating innovative solutions to reduce over-incarceration.

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Amendment 4 Could Restore Voting Rights for Millions of Formerly Incarcerated People in Florida

People with felony convictions in the Sunshine State face some of the harshest voting laws in the nation.

A Black man wearing a white T-shirt that says "Tamir Rice Only" in black ink speaks at a protest

Tamir Rice's Mom Wants to Know Why Another Ohio PD Hired the Troubled Cop Who Killed Her Son (Updated)

Timothy Loehmann, the former Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014, was offered a new police job at another Ohio department. Rice’s mother, Samaria, is demanding answers.

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Jury Finds Jason Van Dyke Guilty of Murdering Laquan McDonald

The former Chicago Police Department officer shot the Black teenager 16 times as he was retreating.

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Philly Mural Project 'Portraits of Justice' Confronts Mass Incarceration

Formerly incarcerated artists working with Mural Arts Philadelphia created a new art installation in defiance of former mayor and police chief Frank Rizzo’s history of violence in the city.

California governor signs criminal justice reform measures.

Series of New Laws Overhauls California's Criminal Justice System

Governor Jerry Brown signs a slew of measures aimed at reducing prison population and stemming the criminalization of people of color.

Police body camera technology

READ: Body Cameras Won't Save Us

A new article from The Atlantic says there is only so much that technology can do to improve police accountability.

Murder rate drops in US, according to FBI data

Violent Crime Rates Fall, But Incarceration Rates Still High

Ames Grawert of Brennan Center for Justice: “Congress and states should back commonsense sentencing reform that would correct grave injustices in the way we sentence and incarcerate.”

BIll Cosby and Andrew Wyatt. Black man in dark navy suit and blue and brown tie stands behind Black man in blue suit and black glasses in front of beige wall

Bill Cosby Sentenced to 3 to 10 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault

The sentence marks the culmination of several years of legal action surrounding Cosby’s alleged decades of drugging and assaulting women.