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Criminal Justice Reform

Black Crime Rates: Your Statistics Are Racist

Kim Farbota | Posted 09.02.2015 | Crime
Kim Farbota

There is a common conservative narrative that the disproportionate incarceration of black people is not the result of systemic racism, but rather of shortcomings within the black community.This "fact" is used to justify a belief that a "culture of violence" is to blame for problems faced by black people in America.

Three Strikes Laws Call Everyone Out in New Mexico

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 09.01.2015 | Crime
Chandra Bozelko

It's clear that something must be done to reform criminal justice in New Mexico, but that doesn't mean that just anything should be done. A tougher three strikes law will take the state further away from reform.

Juvenile Justice Reform Must Address the Unique Needs of LGBTQ Girls

Hannah Hussey | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Hannah Hussey

Far too many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning youth who encounter the juvenile justice system are placed in facilities that fail to address past experiences of trauma or where they are at risk for sexual violence.

Is This Adversary Procedure? "Dr." Posner's Potent Prescription

Evan Bernick | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

At what point does the adversarial process that is central to our legal system cease to be truly adversarial? In a case involving an indigent prisoner who sued prison administrators and staff for deliberate indifference to his medical needs, a divided Seventh Circuit panel reversed a summary judgment in favor of the defendants, sending the prisoner's suit back down for further fact-finding.

Shackling Juveniles in Transportation: Hobbling Fairness

Sue Burrell | Posted 08.25.2015 | Crime
Sue Burrell

Routine shackling takes away every scintilla of control a young person has over his or her body. It is completely out of step with the research on what works in juvenile rehabilitation.

Illinois Governor Signs Sweeping School Discipline Reform

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) on Monday signed into law a sweeping reform of the state's school discipline policies, putting Illinois&nb...

White House Police Data Initiative Could Lead To Reform -- If The Public Demands It

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 08.21.2015 | Impact

We entrust police officers with the ability to use deadly force when necessary to uphold their oaths to protect and serve the public. In many states a...

Hillary Clinton Continues To Distance Herself From Her Husband's Crime Policies

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics

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Slender Man Girls Should Be Tried as Juveniles

Hannah Finnie | Posted 08.17.2015 | Crime
Hannah Finnie

Last Monday, a Wisconsin judge ruled that two 13-year-old girls would be tried as adults for crimes committed when they were 12. If convicted, they face 65 years in prison. If tried and convicted as juveniles, they would have been held for a maximum of five years in a youth detention facility.

Bryan Stevenson: Reflections on Justice, Mercy and Mass Incarceration

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | Posted 08.17.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Bryan Stevenson demonstrates leadership by not just simply espousing his vision of justice. He lives out this vision each day as he represents clients and advances policy reform.

Suspension Is Not the Answer: Investing in Students' Mental Health Yields Academic Gains

Monica Gray | Posted 08.13.2015 | Education
Monica Gray

Without mental health support services, few students are able to cope with emotional stress in a productive manner on their own. Confused, angry or scared, a student's cries for help are commonly first expressed by acting out in school.

Hundreds Of Thousands Of Americans Are Stuck In 'The Bail Trap'

The New York Times | Chloe Angyal | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics

The open secret is that in most jurisdictions, bail is the grease that keeps the gears of the overburdened system turning. ...

Rehabilitation, Restitution Undermined by Illinois' Supersized Criminal-Justice System

Hilary Gowins | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics
Hilary Gowins

An ideal corrections program focuses first on keeping the public safe. Public safety depends on crime prevention, which means that an effective corrections program is one that isn't simply punitive, but is transformative, aimed at stopping the cycle of crime.

The Movement for Criminal Justice Reform: Honoring its True Heroes

Dr. Niaz Kasravi | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Niaz Kasravi

I hope that when we reach success, when a federal bill to reform the criminal justice system is signed into law, when states and the federal government celebrate a major reduction in incarceration, when there are substantial reforms in police practices.

We Need Criminal and Civil Justice Reform

Carla DiMare | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
Carla DiMare

President Obama recently highlighted the need for criminal justice reform which complements the bipartisan effort to reform our criminal justice system. However, reforming only the criminal justice system falls short of what is needed.

Bernie Sanders Unveils Sweeping Policy Platform To Combat Racial Inequality

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics

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Scott Walker: Don't Focus On 'Racial Discord' Or You'll Only Create More

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 08.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) says the proper way to address racial issues in America is by concentrating on what brings people toget...

The Federal Government Says Being Homeless Should Not Be A Crime

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Laws that make it a crime for homeless people to sleep in public places even when there isn't enough room for them at a shelter unconsti...

Make Criminal Justice Reform a Key Issue in 2016

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

The state of our criminal justice system is simply so bad, the political climate for change so good, that it would be an epic desertion of our civic duties -- and of the pressure we as voters possess -- to let the 2016 election slip by without electoral promises of far-reaching reform. Which is why criminal justice must be a key issue for 2016 voters.

Ben Carson Doesn't Understand Black Lives Matter

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 08.02.2015 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Sunday expressed skepticism over the purpose of the Black Lives Matter movement and refused ...

Friday Talking Points -- The Debate Debate

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.31.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

In normal years, this would be the official kickoff to the political Silly Season. This year, however, is not normal, as instead we're right at the kickoff of Presidential Debate Season, and the votes are already in -- the silly subject we're all going to obsess over this year is named Donald Trump.

Martin O'Malley Aims To Set The Bar On Criminal Justice With Comprehensive Reform Plan

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley on Friday released a sweeping plan to reform the U.S. criminal justice system, a move that cou...

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 08.06.2015 | 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.