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Criminal Justice Reform

America's Apartheid: Legalized Discrimination through Mass Incarceration

Brandon Patterson | Posted 07.30.2015 | Black Voices
Brandon Patterson

As a black male in Chicago, I find it hard for one to argue that the criminal justice system has not been used unfairly and unjustly to discriminate against black people and to outcast them from society.

Second Chances Vital to Criminal Justice Reform

Loretta Lynch | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Loretta Lynch

In order to truly make our communities safer, we must make sure that people who have served their time are able to fully and productively engage in our society -- whether through education or employment or some other constructive means.

Achieving A "More Perfect Union" Requires Acknowledging Our Past Injustices

Rep. Steve Cohen | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Rep. Steve Cohen

Whether race relations have actually worsened or whether that perception stems from more information reaching more people, it is obvious that we must re-dedicate ourselves and our government to eliminating injustice and promoting equality.

100 Million Reasons We Need Justice Reform -- One Blueprint for How to Do It

Christine Leonard | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Christine Leonard

One in three Americans -- as many as 100 million adults -- has a criminal record. Because a criminal history record creates barriers to housing, education and employment, it can often stand between another chance and another visit to prison.

Hurry Up And Wait For Justice: The Struggles Of Innocent Prisoners

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 07.28.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

When the judicial system that is supposed to protect us continues to fail us and our families, and when we have evidence to clear us of these crimes that goes ignored, it's extremely hard to keep our sanity.

These Programs Are Helping Prisoners Live Again On The Outside

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics

For some prisoners, especially those that have spent years or decades of their lives locked up, getting out comes with a mixture of overwhelming joy ...

Ending Mass Incarceration, But Not for Immigrants: A Tale of Two Policies

Anita Sinha | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Anita Sinha

While the critical subject of a runaway U.S. criminal justice system is gaining momentum toward reforms, the Obama Administration is vigorously defending the mass detention of non-U.S. citizens, including the detention of women and children.

We Need to Stop Joking About Prison Rape

Alexander Reynolds | Posted 07.24.2015 | Crime
Alexander Reynolds

The fact of the matter? In any way, shape or form, rape is, was and never has been a joke. Yet why do we crack these tired old gags about Bubba and not bending for soap in the showers? The material is lame, done to death and not even that funny to begin with.

Ready to Rumble with the Tea Party

Living Room Conversations | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Living Room Conversations

For me, polite conversation gets real when you dance on people's issues. But in this conversation, I was called out for being insensitive to the life experiences of my conservative interlocutors. Although there wasn't much common ground politically, there was some surprising rapprochement personally.

Congress May Actually Do Something On Criminal Justice Reform

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Criminal justice reform seems to be the bipartisan issue of the day. Across the political spectrum, from the Koch brothers to Presi...

The Nonviolent Offenders Congress Forgot

The Marshall Project | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

  This article was originally published by The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization that covers the U.S. criminal justice system...

After Protesters Call Him Out, Bernie Sanders Condemns Sandra Bland's Arrest

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics

Days after Black Lives Matter protesters interrupted one of his events to call on him to address criminal justice and racial issues, Sen. Be...

After Kalief Browder's Death, U.S. Lawmakers Demand Better Treatment of Incarcerated Kids

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) announced Wednesday that she is introducing several bills to improve the treatment of incarcerated yo...

Obama at the NAACP: Nibbling at the Margins

Inge Fryklund | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Inge Fryklund

The fundamental problem isn't the sentencing. The real problem is defining the sale and usage of drugs as criminal acts. That underlying assumption went unchallenged in Obama's call for criminal justice reform.

A Historic Week for the Fight to #EndMassIncarceration! But Will President Obama Play It Safe or Courageously?

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

The President can and must do more. There are at least two things in his executive authority and at least one or two more things that he must call on Congress to do in order to meet the challenge of the hour.

Pretrial Justice Demands Accused Have a Lawyer for Initial Bail Hearing

Ginny Sloan | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

To have a fair and even playing field for all who face the criminal justice system, it is essential that indigent defendants have access to an effective lawyer at their bail hearings. The federal and state governments must recognize the critical importance of a lawyer's presence during the pretrial stage.

Ending the Crisis of Confidence in Our Criminal Justice System

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 07.20.2015 | New York
Eric T. Schneiderman

In a system that disproportionately harms poor people and people of color, too many Americans have lost faith in the essential American principle of equal justice under law.

John Boehner Says Many People In Prison 'Really Don't Need To Be There'

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics

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A National Agenda for Criminal Justice Reform: Not Just Second Chances, but a Rational First Response

Marc Schindler | Posted 07.17.2015 | Crime
Marc Schindler

I have every hope that the President will be deeply impacted by what he experiences in El Reno. In my own work, visits to prisons and encounters with people in prison have been some of the most powerful ways to motivate reform.

Labor Must Act to Stop Mass Incarceration

Richard Trumka | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics
Richard Trumka

When a nonviolent offender spends a decade or more of their life behind bars because of mandatory minimum sentencing, no one benefits. When those who have paid their debt to society cannot find housing or a job, the entire economy suffers. When a generation of young Americans advance through our prison system instead of our school system, our nation is weaker for it.

Another Black Man Goes to Prison

Alexander Reynolds | Posted 07.16.2015 | Crime
Alexander Reynolds

Just like last week and the week before, another black man will be going to prison. But the tragedy stops here. This man is not a criminal or a hopeless recidivist. This man is Barack Obama, the first sitting President of the United States to tour a federal prison -- El Reno in Oklahoma.

President Obama Is Right: Americans of All Stripes Strongly Support Reducing the Country's Prison Population

Alison Holcomb | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics
Alison Holcomb

In early June, the ACLU commissioned a nationwide poll of registered voters who are likely to vote in the 2016 presidential election. The results, released Wednesday, demonstrate that we have arrived at a bipartisan moment where majorities of Americans no longer believe our criminal justice system serves the common good.

Christina Wilkie

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Fights To Help Keep Kids Out Of Prison

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Four senators from both ends of the political spectrum will introduce a bill Wednesday that is aimed at keeping at-risk young people out...

Obama Is About To Visit A Prison. We Asked 2016 Contenders If They Have Ever Been.

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

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A Long-Awaited Promise: Obama Gets Real About Criminal Justice Reform

Sharda Sekaran | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Sharda Sekaran

Fifteen years ago, when I first started working on drug policy and criminal justice reform issues, I never would have imagined these words coming out of the mouth of a sitting U.S. president. But then again, I would never have imagined Barack Obama.