House Approves Controversial Prison Reform Measure
But the FIRST STEP Act faces an uphill battle. Criminal justice reform advocates say any meaningful bill must include sentencing reform, and Republicans and Democrats in the Senate agree.
New York City Officials Vow to Revamp Marijuana Policy
The mayor and district attorneys promise to limit prosecutions for most offenses, but reform advocates remain weary in absence of codified law.
Why Reentry Is Incredibly Hard for Formerly Incarcerated Black and Latinx People
Colorlines talks to Bruce Western, author of “Homeward: Life in the Year After Incarceration,” which follows the journeys of 100+ formerly incarcerated people as they navigate the challenges of racial, health and socioeconomic inequity.
House Advances Controversial Bill to Reform Federal Prison System
But several civil rights organizations—and Senators—say the measure would do nothing to address sentencing reform that Black and Latinx people desperately need.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
WATCH: Video Takes Viewers Inside Only Remaining Juvenile Detention Facility in Virginia
Even the director of the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice wants to close Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center.
75 Prosecutors, Judges and Law Enforcement Officers Petition Supreme Court to Dismiss 241-Year Sentence for Teenage Boy
Judge Evelyn Baker, who sentenced Black teenager Bobby Bostic back in 1997: “I deeply regret what I did.”
Death Sentence: Trump Considers Capital Punishment for Drug Dealers
The White House mulls policy change that would allow prosecutors to seek death penalty for drug traffickers.
The Final Fire: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Kerner Commission [OPINION]
The Kerner Commission concluded that unrest in cities across the country was the result of unaddressed racial and economic injustice. What has—and hasn’t—changed in the last 50 years?
Juvenile Injustice: Racial Disparities in Incarceration Start Early
A new report shows that, just like its adult counterpart, the juvenile justice system is engulfed with overcrowding and racial imbalances.
Civil Rights Group Sues Trump Administration for Prolonged Detention of Immigrant Children
New York Civil Liberties Union says a policy shift has resulted in the restrictive imprisonment of dozens of young immigrants.
Philadelphia District Attorney Dismisses All Marijuana Possession Cases
Larry Krasner says his office will no longer prosecute people for simple possession.
WATCH: Short Documentary Explores History—and Present—of the Juvenile Justice System
Youth First Initiative: “Youth justice is racial justice—and that’s why this system of oppression needs to change.”
Federal Judge: Florida's Voting Ban for Formerly Incarcerated People is Unconstitutional
The judge said that civil rights cannot be withheld based on “partisan, religious or racial bias.”
Philadelphia's City Council Calls on Officials to End Cash Bail System
Will the courts and the district attorney’s office take up the challenge?
ACLU to Premiere Animated Shorts on Criminal Justice at Sundance Film Festival
The three short films will examine mass incarceration and cash bail through the eyes of the formerly incarcerated.
READ: Can Progressive Prosecutors Lead Criminal Justice Reform?
A new article asks if attorneys who are paid to put people in jail can help fix a system that disproportionately locks away Black and Latinx people.