Criminal Justice

National Black Mama's Bail Out Seeks to Reunite Families for Mother's Day

“We are committed to building a community-based movement to end pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration.”

Overdose survey

New York Mayor Endorses Safe Injection Sites to Curb Fatal Overdoses

Black and Latinx leaders celebrate announcement as victory for communities that have experienced disproportionate criminalization during the ongoing war on drugs.

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'In the Dark' Podcast Examines the 6 Trials of Curtis Flowers

The Black Mississippian maintained his innocence through six trials for capital murder. The Peabody Award-winning crime podcast revisits the case that put Flowers on death row.

US Border Agents Pursue Undocumented Immigrants

Immigration Officials Pressure Homeland Security to Prosecute Immigrant Parents Stopped at the Border

In a memo to Department of Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, officials say separating parents from their children would deter crossings.

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6 Black Feminists Speak Out About the Cosby Sexual Assault Conviction

In the moments after the Bill Cosby verdict, Colorlines asked six Black feminists to tell us how they felt about it. Here’s what Tarana Burke, Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Jamilah Lemieux, Salamishah Tillet, Ayana Byrd and Monifa Bandele shared.

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Department of Justice Rescinds Plan to Halt Legal Aid for Immigrants Facing Deportation

In response to bipartisan pressure, Attorney General Jeff Sessions lifts the freeze on a program that assisted 53,000 immigrants in more than a dozen states in 2017.

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Meek Mill Pledges to Fight Criminal Injustice, Overturn Conviction After Release

“Although I’m blessed to have the resources to fight this unjust situation, I understand that many people of color across the country don’t have that luxury, and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues.”

REPORT: The 3,100 Companies That Are Invested in Mass Criminalization

Urban Justice Center: “With this report we seek to convey the enormity of the prison industrial complex and shed light on its diverse corporate participants.”

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Youth of Color Demand Racial Justice in Gun Reform During #NationalSchoolWalkout

On the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, activists call for gun violence solutions that don’t further the criminalization of Black and Latinx youth.

Marijuana arrests

Senate Leader Backs Marijuana Decriminalization

Chuck Schumer to introduce measure that would decriminalize the drug at the federal level, says he’s “seen too many people’s lives ruined” due to marijuana-related incarceration.

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4/20 Special: How Advocates and Entrepreneurs of Color Are Fighting for Equity in the Legal Weed Business

We spoke to Latinx and Black activists and entrepreneurs who are challenging marijuana prohibition, hypocritical industry power players and stigma within their own communities to ensure that people of color don’t miss out on the legal pot boom.

Prison Reforms

New York Governor Restores Voting Rights to Parolees

An estimated 35,000 residents, overwhelmingly Black and Latinx, stand to benefit from Andrew Cuomo’s executive order.

Federal Agents Target Immigrants

Supreme Court Restricts Deportation of Immigrants

Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch sides with liberal justices as SCOTUS strikes down federal provision that facilitated deportation of convicted immigrants.

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Starbucks to Close 8,000 Stores in May for a Daylong Racial Bias Training

The company is doing damage control after the release of a viral video of Philadelphia police arresting two Black men at the behest of a store manager who accused them of trespassing. 

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Activists and Elected Officials Rally in Philadelphia to #FreeMeekMill

Criminal justice advocates continue in their quest to liberate the jailed rapper.

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REPORT: Milwaukee School Discipline Guidelines Disproportionately Target Black and Latinx Students

A new study from The Center for Popular Democracy and Leaders Igniting Transformation says the millions the Milwaukee Police Department spends in schools props up the school to prison pipeline.

Migrant detention

Department of Justice Freezes Legal Assistance Program for Detained Immigrants Facing Deportation

ACLU spokesperson: ”Each week, the Trump administration finds new and cruel ways to hurt immigrants.”

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READ: How America Criminalizes Impoverished People of Color

The New Republic breaks down how policy and practice punish the least resourced among us.

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Washington Is First State to Adopt Comprehensive Anti-Bias Rule for Jury Selection

“This groundbreaking rule for jury selection will reduce the damage done by racial and ethnic bias to the integrity of our judicial system and to communities of color.”

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New Legal Drama Holds Criminal Justice System 'In Contempt'

The BET series views the tumultuous justice system through the eyes of a Black court-appointed attorney.