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Criminal Justice Reform

A Restorative Promise Inside a Prison

Pierre R. Berastaín | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Pierre R. Berastaín

Today, MCI Norfolk is a medium-security prison where bars have gone up, but where the commitment to rehabilitation and community remains an important pillar for the Department of Corrections.

Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill Could Cut Crime, Reduce Recidivism And Save Money

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics

A new bill proposing to reduce the United States’ prison population while also cutting crime and saving money was introduced Thursday in the House b...

Why Isn't More Happening To Reduce The Bloated U.S. Prison Population?

Rolling Stone | Posted 06.25.2015 | Crime

Leaders from both ends of the political spectrum are joining together to reduce the U.S.'s prison population — one of the most harmful legacies of t...

The Part of Prison We Aren't Talking About

Sean Larner | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Sean Larner

In this era of mass incarceration, 750,000 men, women and children are released from prison and out-of-home placement annually. Many are like Sherane: growing up in prison only to be released into the same life that made crime necessary in the first place.

Reforming Our Justice System Will Require Fair Sentencing and Fair Chances

Christine Leonard | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Christine Leonard

As Congress and the nation are increasingly focused on the need for systemic reform, the Coalition and its partners, on both sides of the political spectrum, believe we are on the cusp of meaningful change, through fair sentencing and fair chances.

Reforming Our Justice System

Carla DiMare | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Carla DiMare

How do we improve the judiciary? Easy. Change the law. Some suggestions will cost our country virtually nothing, but will reap benefits of fairness, justice, social order and peace, particularly for the most vulnerable.

Kalief Browder's Death Shows the Lethality of Our Broken Court System

Raj Jayadev | Posted 06.19.2015 | Crime
Raj Jayadev

While Kalief Browder is no longer alive, there are entire generations who can be saved from his fate if this historic moment of calling for police accountability expanded its lens to the court system.

States Try To Remove Barriers For Ex-Offenders

Stateline | Rebecca Beitsch | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

What to Watch for in the FIFA Case, Part 1: Pretrial Publicity

Kevin Sali | Posted 06.05.2015 | Crime
Kevin Sali

It doesn't have to be this way. Although the First Amendment and the strong American free press tradition make it difficult to put limits on private media actors, the government doesn't have to pile on.

How One California City Pays Its Most Violent Offenders To Stay Out Of Trouble

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 06.04.2015 | Crime

As Baltimore, already in the national spotlight over the police killing of Freddie Gray, endured its deadliest month in almost 40 years, the search fo...

Criminal Justice Reform Demands Political Leadership, Not Editorials

David Rothenberg | Posted 05.22.2015 | Crime
David Rothenberg

Across the nation, there has been a recent barrage of media reports, in progressive as well as conservative publications, advocating and applauding reforms in the criminal justice system.

Real Criminal Justice Reform Requires Listening to Those Most Commonly Impacted by Crime

Lenore Anderson | Posted 05.22.2015 | Crime
Lenore Anderson

Growing political unity on the Left and Right on the need for criminal justice reform is an important development. But if bipartisanship fails to incorporate the experiences and voices of those previously ignored, it won't lead to the breakthrough we need.

It's Outrageous: Jails and Prisons Are No Place to Treat Mental Illness; Just Ask Paton Blough

Mary Giliberti | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Mary Giliberti

There is no one solution to the horrors presented in the Callous and Cruel report, but the prescription includes getting people living with mental illness the right help in their communities before the criminal justice system ever gets involved. It includes providing the right kind of treatment and supports in jails or prisons.

The Apology Letter (a Letter to the Man I Murdered)

Shaka Senghor | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Shaka Senghor

Every time I thought back to that fateful night, I found myself asking the question, "Why didn't I just walk away?"

Bill Clinton: I Support Hillary's Efforts To Change My Criminal Justice Policies

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

Former President Bill Clinton thinks it's a good thing that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is breaking from his criminal justice po...

Mitt Romney Says Hillary Clinton Politicized Baltimore Tragedy To Get Support From The Black Community

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee and former Massachusetts governor, said 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's remark...

Democrats Renew Call to Reform, Justice and Investment in Our Communities

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

So when I read about Freddie Gray, it brought the fight for change into focus. Yes, I can blog and tweet and march and hashtag -- and I will -- but as a political organizer by heart and habit, I believe my calling is to insist that the candidates I support take action to create jobs and justice.

Why Do We March? For Equal Protection and Absolute Justice

Tamika D. Mallory | Posted 06.29.2015 | DC
Tamika D. Mallory

Over the course of a week we limped and ran, marching through rain or shine, and found ourselves approached with both solidarity and vitriol by the cars who passed our caravan on the highways.

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Senator Pushes Criminal Justice Reform Bill After Baltimore Riots | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) introduced a bill Tuesday that he said would be a preliminary step towards overhauling the criminal justice system in the w...

Bill Clinton: 'We Have Overshot The Mark' On Incarceration

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics

Former President Bill Clinton is urging politicians to take a stand on criminal justice reform and take concrete steps toward reducing the country's p...

Rand Paul Blames 'Lack Of Fathers' For Baltimore Protests

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) spoke out on the protests surrounding the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, linking the violence to a "lack of fathers" in an...

Why We Need Independent Prosecutors

William Lynch III | Posted 06.27.2015 | Crime
William Lynch III

Clearly the South Carolina Supreme Court did the right thing by assigning a special prosecutor to the Walter Scott case. And if South Carolina can do it, then the rest of the nation can do the same.

This Mom Saw Her Husband Sent to Jail. So She Went to Law School to Reform System.

Jessica Jackson | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Jessica Jackson

My husband was taken out of the courtroom that day and sent to a diagnostic facility, where we would be unable to have any contact with him for the first six weeks of his incarceration. Not knowing anything about prisons besides what I'd seen on television, I imagined the worst. I lay in bed terrified at night, kept awake with worry, wondering if I would get a call telling me he'd been hurt or possibly worse.

Over-Policed and Underserved

Timothy P. Silard | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Timothy P. Silard

Contrary to the myth we've been sold that more police, and more jails and prisons, are the best or only way to keep us safe, the real solutions to community safety lie in the things that make for thriving neighborhoods.

Here's the Issue That Even the ACLU & the Koch Brothers Agree Upon

Pat Nolan | Posted 06.13.2015 | Impact
Pat Nolan

As the prison population soared, conservatives chafed at the waste of human potential and increasing cost of the prison bureaucracy. They were frustrated that so little was being done to prepare inmates for their release, and they were appalled at the overcrowded conditions, violence and rape, and the lack of medical care, drug treatment and mental-health services. Conservatives joined with liberals in backing such important reforms as the Prison Rape Elimination Act, the Second Chance Act and the Fair Sentencing Act.