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Unaccompanied immigrant children detained by Border Patrol agent along the Texas-Mexico border.

Immigrant Children Allegedly Subjected to Physical, Sexual Abuse by Border Patrol Agents

An American Civil Liberties Union report says that documents obtained from Department of Homeland Security detail abuse that potentially amounts to criminal misconduct by federal immigration officials.

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Sterling Brown, Milwaukee Bucks Critique Police 'Intimidation' After Arrest Video Release

The NBA player pledged legal action against the Milwaukee Police Department after it released a video of officers violently arresting him in January.

A Black man wearing a white shirt and gray shorts stands with his hands in cuffs, holding an orange mesh bag and a white and red bottle

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.

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John Legend Explains How Cash Bail Traps People of Color

Narrated by Legend and illustrated by Molly Crabapple, a new video from Color of Change explains how bail practices fuel mass incarceration.

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Border Patrol Agent Detains Two U.S. Citizens for Speaking Spanish

Civil rights attorney Jonathan Feinberg: “It doesn’t matter if you are in Midtown Manhattan or Havre, Montana, if you speak a language other than English, it doesn’t give rise to any suspicion that you are in the country illegally.”

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White House Doubles Down on Trump's 'Animal' Remarks

“Too many innocent Americans have fallen victim to the unthinkable violence of MS-13’s animals.”

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Department of Justice Curbs Authority of Immigration Judges

Attorney General Jeff Sessions just bared judges from pausing low-priority cases while immigrants await visa applications and criminal conviction appeals.

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Trump Administration Preparing to Hold Migrant Children at Military Bases

The plan would form part of a “zero tolerance” approach to border crossings, which is denounced by immigration advocates as emblematic of totalitarian regimes.

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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.

A black incarcerated person makes a phone call at a reintegration center as he faces a wall painted in monochrome blue and white with the American flag at the top

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.

Five incarcerated men in orange jumpsuits are locked in a cell. There is an American flag hanging above the cell.

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.

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GOP Moderates Attempt to Force Immigration Vote in the House

Reps facing tough re-election races mount last ditch effort to create protections for “Dreamers.”

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Facebook Must Protect Its Black Users [OPINION]

“The platform is a safe space for White supremacists to spew anti-Black vitriol, organize Klan rallies, and encourage physical violence against Black people without reprimand from Facebook.”

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.”

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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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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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LISTEN: Trump Administration Makes Case to SCOTUS in Defense of 'Muslim Ban'

The Supreme Court heard arguments in the executive orders that sought to block people from several majority Muslim countries from entering the United States.

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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.”