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Dr. Niaz Kasravi
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Dr. Niaz Kasravi serves as the Deputy Director of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC). She is the former national Criminal Justice Director of the NAACP. Dr. Kasravi received her Ph. D. in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California, Irvine. In academia, she focused on sociology of law and law and inequality. A National Science Foundation grant allowed her to travel to Iran to work with Shirin Ebadi, the Nobel Peace Prize recipient of 2003, on human rights in Iran and the role of Iranian women in the reform movement.

Dr. Kasravi has also worked as Lead Researcher and Associate for the Domestic Human Rights Program of Amnesty International USA, helping build the program focusing on racial profiling, prison conditions, juveniles in the criminal justice system, civil rights, the "war on terror", and other domestic human rights issues. Additionally, she served as Policy Associate for Stop Prisoner Rape - working to end sexual violence behind bars - as well as researcher and advocate at a number of organizations working on human rights issues in the Middle East and domestic issues concerning the Iranian-American diaspora.

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Mass Shooting in Georgia's "Gun Central": A Failed Experiment

(6) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 1:44 PM

If there was one place where our nation could test the hypothesis that more guns make us safer, it would be Kennesaw, Georgia - known around the state as "Gun Central." Tragically, but not unexpectedly, this hypothesis was proven wrong again last week during a shooting at a...

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Private Prisons: No Cause for Celebration

(32) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 2:09 PM

This month, the nation's largest for-profit prison operator, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), has been celebrating Black History Month with blogposts remembering Rosa Parks and Facebook trivia contests about the contributions of African American musicians. CCA is also celebrating its 30thyear as company with...

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An Urgent Call to Action: Curbing Violence in America

(12) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 1:06 PM

83. That is the number of Americans who die from gun violence each day. Unfortunately, it has taken the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn. last week for our nation to truly grasp that we have a gun problem.

From the massacre at Columbine High School and the shooting in Tucson,...

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Georgia Takes the Lead in Smart Criminal Justice Reform

(9) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 11:46 AM

The July 4th holiday commemorates a pivotal moment in this nation's history - the end of a long fight for independence. Unfortunately, American history also tells us that the freedom and independence earned on that day was not shared by all. Even today, with the incarcerated population over 2.25 million,...
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