Criminalization

Close-up of two pregnant, Black prison inmates as they stand behind bars with the orange  uniforms raised to show their pregnancies.

States Consider Ban on Shackling Incarcerated People During Childbirth

The American Civil Liberties Union estimates that roughly 12,000 pregnant women are jailed in the United States each year.

A woman wearing ripped jeans and sneakers holds a green sign that reads, "Free the Children" while  protesting against the separation of children from their parents in front of the El Paso Processing Center, an immigration detention facility, at the Mexic

ICYMI: Judge Orders Feds to Account for Additional Migrant Families Separated at Border

The court ruling expands the terms of a class action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union last year.

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Former Juvenile Lifers Need a Pressure Valve [Op-Ed]

Abd’Allah Wali Lateef of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth makes the case for social service, mental health and parole policy reform to help former life-sentenced children successfully return to society.

A Black man wearing sunglasses wears a white T-shirt with a with a photo of Stephon Clark during a demonstration in Sacramento, California on March 22, 2018.

Police Arrest Protesters After No Charges for Officers Who Killed Stephon Clark

Demonstrators were taken into custody while protesting the decision not to prosecute two Sacramento cops who fatally shot the unarmed Black man in March 2018.

A group of students wearing orange t-shirts and carrying signs that read, "stop gun violence" rally in front of the White House before marching to the U.S. Capitol in protest of the National Rifle Association in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2018.

Several U.S. Counties Refuse to Enforce Gun Control Laws

Defiant sheriffs in at least four states have declared their jurisdictions “Second Amendment sanctuaries.”

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WATCH: Teaser Trailer for Ava DuVernay's Central Park Five Miniseries

“When They See Us” tells the story of five Black and Latinx teens who were wrongfully convicted of rape.

A small boy wearing a red hooded sweatshirt pushes a small girl wearing pink as she sits in her stroller. Both are playing in the El Barretal migrant shelter in Tijuana, Mexico on January 15, 2019.

Thousands of Migrant Children Allege Sexual Assault While in Gov't Custody

There have been over 4,500 claims of abuse of unaccompanied minors while in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.

A small child wearing a blue hoodie sweatshirt pushes a purple stroller over a yellow street curb outside a closed temporary migrant shelter in Tijuana, Mexico on December 6, 2018.

ACLU Wants Government to Account for All Migrant Children Separated From Families

Lawyers also asked a United States district court judge to reunite all separated minors with their parents.

Illustration of Black and Brown and White incarcerated men in brown uniforms in front of white light and dark blue room.

Incarcerated Men Document Their 'Hard Truth' Via Film

Men incarcerated at Pendleton Correctional Facility in Indiana co-directed “It’s a Hard Truth Ain’t It,” which captures their education in documentary filmmaking.

A Mexican lighthouse shines above the U.S.-Mexico border fence in San Diego, CA, as seen from Tijuana, Mexico on November 16, 2018.

Immigrant Advocacy Groups Seek Restraining Order to Block Trump Asylum Policy

They hope to prevent government officials from forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico until their cases can be heard in the United States.

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ICE Stops Force-Feeding Immigrant Hunger Strikers Held in El Paso Detention Center

A total of 12 men have been refusing to eat to protest the conditions, treatment and length of their detainment. 

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Teens from Parkland and Chicago Ask: 'How Many More Must Die?'

Student organizers Brandon Dasent and Amina Henderson unite to push for gun control that will keep kids in their communities safer.

21 Savage. Black man with black dredlocs holds fist in air while wearing navy hoodie with white drawstrings and rainbow accents in front of purple and orange lights.

21 Savage Released From ICE Custody

The rapper’s attorneys joined activists and musical collaborators in demanding ICE release him and halt deportation proceedings.

A closeup of a prisoner's hand as she dials numbers on a blue, public pay phone inside of a prison.

Report Uncovers High Cost of Phone Calls at Local Jails Across U.S.

Prison Policy Initiative’s “State of Phone Justice” exposes lucrative phone contracts that prey on pretrial detainees.

A lone U.S. army soldier patrols the area behind barbed wire near the U.S.-Mexico border in Donna, Texas on November 5,2018.

California Pulls Hundreds of National Guard Troops From Southern Border

Governor Gavin Newsom says the state won’t be part of the president’s “manufactured crisis.”

Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton and Nicola Yoon. Asian and Indigenous man in navy suit and white shirt sits next to Black woman in blue dress, both with black hair, in front of teal background and under yellow text that spells "THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR"

Young Love Battles Deportation in Trailer for 'The Sun is Also a Star'

Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton bring Nicola Yoon’s bestselling novel to life.

Central American fathers and their children cuddle and lean against a fence as they wait to be taken into custody after crossing into El Paso, Texas from Mexico on February 01, 2019.

Thousands of Migrants Stalled at Texas Border, Pentagon Sends 250 Troops

Many asylum-seekers are considering moving to another official port of entry.

A White woman wearing black sunglasses and a navy blue shirt talks on a cell phone.

Can 9-1-1 Protocols Protect Us From 'Barbecue Beckys'?

White people calling the police on people of color for simply existing isn’t just annoying. It can be dangerous. Could the solution lie in how 9-1-1 workers dispatch calls?

21 Savage Black man with black dredlocs and face and neck tattoos poses in orange jacket with grey hood in front of green shrubbery.

Activists and Artists Mobilize Against 21 Savage's Deportation

“The circumstances of Mr. Abraham-Joseph’s detention stand as a testament to the consistent and historically under-reported harassment and targeting of Black immigrants,” Patrisse Cullors notes.

A group of Central American families, including men, women and children, are bundled up in colorful, warm clothing as they walk along the border fence after crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico on February 01, 2019.

Asylum Seekers Face Danger in Mexico as U.S. Begins Deportations

Many will be sent to “murderous and cartel-wracked” border cities, reports Reuters.