Shani Saxon

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ICYMI: SCOTUS Says ICE Can Detain Immigrants Based on Prior Convictions

A new ruling says that people can be arrested and held indefinitely based on past minor convictions, even if they hold a green card and served their time.

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Florida House Advances Bill That Would Limit Voting Rights for Formerly Incarcerated

Will formerly incarcerated Florida residents be forced to pay fees before their voting rights are restored?

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New Report Offers Big Picture Look at Mass Incarceration

The Prison Policy Initiative shines a light on racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

Black man stands next to a red car and in front of police officer as he takes a sobriety test at night.

New Report Analyzes Racial Bias in Police Traffic Stops

The Stanford Policing Project determined Black and Latinx drivers are pulled over more frequently than White drivers, even with less evidence of wrongdoing.

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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Federal Prosecutors Open Civil Rights Investigation Into Police Killing of Stephon Clark

It comes on the heels of the California attorney general’s decision to not file criminal charges against the officers identified in the shooting.

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.”

A small girl wearing a yellow shirt stands in front of a woman wearing a red shirt and holding a sign that says families belong together. They are protesting the Trump administrations family detention and separation policies for migrants along the souther

Immigrant Rights Groups Urge DHS to Release Infants Detained in Texas

At least nine babies are being held in an ICE detention facility.

A young, Black student with curly hair and black jacket holds up her hands with skyline in background

House Passes Two Major Gun Control Laws for First Time in Almost 25 Years

One measure calls for background checks for all gun purchasers; the other gives officials more time to complete those background checks.

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.

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.

Teachers in Denver, Colorado are dressed in winter gear as they strike and hold large white signs in front of the Colorado State Capitol on February 11, 2019.

Immigrant Teachers in Denver Threatened With Deportation For Striking

Denver Classroom Teachers Association president Henry Roman: “This is just a scare tactic to intimidate our immigrant educators.”

Close-up of several black guns displayed at a gun show in Naples, Florida on November 24, 2018.

Congress Advances Significant Gun Control Legislation

The House Committee on the Judiciary just passed a measure that would require background checks for all gun sales in the United States.

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.”

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.

Screenshot of photo of murdered 21-year-old Alabama man Emantic Bradford Jr, who wears his military uniform.

Protests Erupt After the Alabama Cop Who Fatally Shot Emantic Bradford Jr. Isn't Charged

The State Attorney General says the shooting of Emantic ‘E.J.’ Bradford Jr. was “justified.”