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Criminal Justice Reform

The Concomitant Plight of Latinos Under a Broken and Racialized Criminal Justice System

Juan Cartagena | Posted 11.25.2015 | Latino Voices
Juan Cartagena

A national convening of Latino organizations and activists took place on November 18 to coordinate that collective response. Sponsored by LatinoJustice PRLDEF, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and the Drug Policy Alliance the strategic conversation discussed the proposed reforms to policies that criminalize Latino communities.

Koch Brothers In Major Rift On Criminal Justice Reform

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 11.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A major rift is opening among criminal justice reform advocates over how to deal with conservative efforts that could write off white-c...

Meet the Prosecutor Fighting to Overturn Wrongful Convictions

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 11.24.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Almost two years ago, Kenneth Thompson was running to become Brooklyn's District Attorney. Not only did Mr. Thompson promise to be hard on crime, he also promised to reexamine the cases of those who claimed to be innocent. Mr. Thompson eventually won, and, true to his word, his office has reviewed a large number of cases.

White House Comes Out Against Effort To Curb White-Collar Crime Prosecutions

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics

The White House is not happy about language on corporate crime that the House Judiciary Committee approved on Wednesday as part of a bipartisan crimi...

Lawmakers Sneak Help For White-Collar Criminals Into Justice Reform Bill

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday injected a controversial effort to curb prosecutions of white-collar crime into a bipartisan...

Decision Points: Cash Bail Derails Pretrial Justice and Should Be Replaced With Risk Assessment

Cherise Fanno Burdeen | Posted 11.17.2015 | Crime
Cherise Fanno Burdeen

We expect our criminal justice system to be fair and effective. It's part of our national DNA to want equal treatment and to get the job done. But in pretrial justice -- the time between when a person is arrested and when the charges are resolved -- the basic principles we hold dear are too often undermined by our use of cash bail.

House Bill Would Make It Harder To Prosecute White-Collar Crime

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans on Monday unveiled legislation that would decriminalize a broad swath of corporate malfeasance, a move that injects w...

Decision Points: Disproportionate Pretrial Detention of Blacks and Latinos Drives Mass Incarceration

Cynthia Jones | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Cynthia Jones

Pretrial detention is a strong predictor of whether a defendant will be sentenced to prison at the conclusion of the criminal case. Defendants who cannot afford bail and spend months in jail can suffer job loss, education disruption, the loss of housing, and many other dire collateral consequences.

How DHS Uses Deportations to Undermine Criminal Justice Reform

Monika Langarica | Posted 11.11.2015 | Latino Voices
Monika Langarica

Two thousand of those eligible for early release are non-citizens, facing continued incarceration and deportation. This, in spite of a determination made by an independent federal agency that concludes they have served a complete fair sentence and now qualify to be free people.

A 'Crazy' Plan Shook Up An 'Old School' Federal Prosecutor's Outlook

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sean Kittrell has been a federal prosecutor for more than two decades. He packs a gun in Charleston, South Carolina, where he's kno...

HUD Reentry-Reintegration Housing Guidance

Deborah De Santis | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

Today, we are delighted to see the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development take a big step toward meeting our call for fairness.

Silence Speaks Volumes GOP

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Saturday was another somber day for the country. I preached at the funeral for 31-year-old Corey Jones, who was waiting for a tow truck in the early hours of October 18 when he was shot and killed by a plainclothes officer with no badge, in an unmarked car.

Obama To Announce Landmark Efforts To Help Ex-Inmates

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics

  WASHINGTON, Nov 2 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, who has made criminal justice reform a top priority of his last years in office, will a...

President Obama To Announce An Executive Order To 'Ban The Box'

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday will announce a series of measures designed to reduce obstacles facing former prisoners reintegrating i...

Hillary Clinton Speech Interrupted By Black Student Activists

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics

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Clinton Wants To 'Ban The Box' For Federal Government & Contractors

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton would take executive action as president to "ban the box" within the federal government and for federal contractors, pre...

Obama To Police: We Must 'Stick With The Facts' On Criminal Justice

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO -- President Barack Obama told police chiefs from across the country on Tuesday that the country is enjoying "historically low rates of violen...

Let's Make Sure History Doesn't Repeat Itself

Deborah De Santis | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

For individuals with serious mental illness, the time has come for a better deal. Congress must focus on enacting reforms that deliver housing and effective services in our communities rather than behind bars, where we know the results are appalling.

As More Groups Acknowledge Need for Criminal Justice Reform, We Must Also Undo the Damages of the Past

Nick Malinowski | Posted 10.27.2015 | Crime
Nick Malinowski

Justice does not arrive simply by acknowledging mistakes and empowering the same people who implemented the corrupt system we are now bemoaning as the central agents of reform. We must also have reparations for those who have been harmed.

Obama To Try Selling Police Chiefs On Justice Reform, Gun Measures

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics

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FBI Director Says Hashtags Are Worsening The Citizen-Police Divide

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO -- FBI Director James Comey told a gathering of police chiefs Monday that he believes officers are changing their behavior because they fear b...

Police Killing Shouldn't Derail Successful Alternative-to-Incarceration Programs

Kassandra Frederique | Posted 10.23.2015 | Crime
Kassandra Frederique

As we work together to increase public safety for all New Yorkers, let's make sure not to walk back New York's progress to a new and successful approach towards public health and safety.

Obama Discusses Death Penalty, Racial Profiling

The Marshall Project | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics

EmbedContent(562a3fbde4b0443bb56398cb,,Embed,html,Some({})) President Barack Obama called several aspects of the death penalty “deeply troubling...

Top Cops Unite To Provide ‘Cover’ For Criminal Justice Reform

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of law enforcement leaders gathered in Washington on Wednesday to throw their support behind reducing the massive pris...

Mississippi City Sued Over 'Jailhouse Shakedown' That Hurts Poor

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was two days after Christmas in 2012 when the police in Biloxi, Mississippi, showed up at Joseph Anderson’s door. It had been a...