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Criminal Justice Reform

Police: From Warriors to Guardians

Jim Wallis | Posted 03.06.2015 | Crime
Jim Wallis

The Justice Department's report on the Ferguson police department should be read by anyone who believes in racial justice and reconciliation, because it shows us what we are still up against in 2015, 50 years after the Selma march. This is not a post-racial America, especially in regard to our policing and criminal justice systems. Ferguson has become a teaching parable for the nation.

Raise the Age

Nicholas Turner | Posted 03.02.2015 | Impact
Nicholas Turner

Do we want to trap the next generation of New Yorkers in cycles of poverty and system involvement out of a misguided desire for retribution?

For Holder, a Legacy of Achievement in a Time of Doubt

Riley Roberts | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics
Riley Roberts

Since 2009, Holder has exercised the powers of his office not merely to preserve the Justice Department as a static institution, as many of his predecessors have done, but to mobilize it as a force for proactive change.

Sam Levine

Key House Republican Sounded 'Remarkably Open' To Criminal Justice Reform | Sam Levine | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee was "remarkably open to many aspects of criminal justice reform" during a White House meeting...

Cory Booker Explains How The Drug War Hurts Law Enforcement

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics

In a Tuesday interview with HuffPost Live, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) discussed how the high cost of the war on drugs prevents law enforcement agencies...

Why The Right-Meets-Left Alliance On Justice Reform Is Not As Odd As It Seems

The Marshall Project | Bill Keller | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

This article was originally published by The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization focused on the U.S. criminal justice system. You can sign...

Retired Federal Judge Regrets Delivering 55-Year Weed Sentence

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics

Three marijuana sales landed 24-year-old Weldon Angelos in prison for 55 years -- and the federal judge who sentenced him is now speaking out against ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder Signals DOJ Civil Rights Probes In Ferguson Are Winding Down | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder indicated on Tuesday that the Justice Department is wrapping up two separate investigations that stemmed fr...

Misguided Police Body Camera Conversation

Howard Henderson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.11.2015 | Black Voices
Howard Henderson, Ph.D.

Agencies who have adopted or seeking to begin the use of police body cameras should be required to have their implementation evaluated by qualified and objective/independent academic institutions. Those departments that choose to do so should be nationally recognized as model departments.

From Prison to the Pulpit: A Powerful Story of Hope

Jim Wallis | Posted 02.06.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Just like immigration reform, mass incarceration and the need to change our criminal justice system are sparking another movement -- especially after the parable of Ferguson woke up the country.

Newest Wave of GOP Governors Should Support Prison Reform

Alexa Van Brunt | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics
Alexa Van Brunt

With a wave of new Republican governors taking office -- including Larry Hogan of Maryland, Greg Abbott of Texas, and Bruce Rauner of Illinois -- the question on the minds of every criminal justice advocate is this: which brand of Republican will they be?

Why Public Apathy Isn't All Bad

Slate | Jamelle Bouie | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices

A defining feature of the Obama era—or at least one of them—is polarization. Voters, and especially activists, are more uncompromising than the...

The Global Fight in Criminal Justice Must Be Won

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

As we unite hand-in-hand across the Atlantic, let us come together knowing that what we do is not based on hate, but based on love for our respective nations and citizens.

What Is on the Horizon for Grand Jury Reform?

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 01.23.2015 | Crime
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

Some of the current proposals may deserve consideration but they would have greater long-term impact and meaning if they improve transparency within the criminal justice system more generally and are not limited to cases just involving police.

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Uses State Of The Union To Call For Criminal Justice Reform | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama used part of his State on the Union address on Tuesday to call for bipartisan criminal justice reform. Obama r...

After a Major Year for American Justice, Everything and Nothing Changed

Mugambi Jouet | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Mugambi Jouet

While American justice has long been extraordinarily repressive and discriminatory, the events of 2014 arguably led more people to realize the magnitude of the problem.

Amanda Terkel

Black Lawmakers To Focus On Criminal Justice Reform In New Congress | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and other African-American men who have died at the hands of law enforcement in recent months w...

Top 10 Ways to Fix the Criminal Justice System

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 02.21.2015 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

It's that time of year when people are making lists and checking them twice. Here is my action list about ways to fix the criminal justice system, with suggestions for steps we all can take. The time is ripe for change. Here's to making it happen in 2015.

A Pastoral Letter to White Americans

Jim Wallis | Posted 02.11.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Many white Americans tend to see this problem as unfortunate incidents based on individual circumstances. Black Americans see a system in which their black lives matter less than white lives. The question is: Are we white people going to listen or not?

Arthur Delaney

Andy Harris, Anti-Pot Republican, Glad Congress Overruled D.C. Residents On Legalization | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican congressman who has crusaded against the District of Columbia's ever-liberalizing pot laws cheered a new congressional sp...

What Death Penalty Opponents Don't Get

The Marshall Project | James Ridgeway and Jean Casella | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics

This commentary was written for The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization. For more criminal justice news produced and curated by The Marsh...

A Sad Night for America

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

We now all have the chance to examine the evidence -- released last night -- in the grand jury's decision not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson, who fired multiple bullets into Michael Brown. But the verdict on America's criminal justice system is already in for many Americans: guilty, for treating young black men differently than young white men.

The Worst Place in the World for a Child

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
Charles Radcliffe

Prison really is the worst place in the world to put a child. Which is why, as a response to juvenile criminality, it should only ever be considered a response of absolute last resort.

Hard Time: Lessons From a Maximum-Security Prison

Jade Chong-Smith | Posted 01.19.2015 | Crime
Jade Chong-Smith

Republicans argue that punitive sentences are essential to a tough-on-crime approach that keeps our streets safe. I see building stronger communities with adequate support mechanisms, not building stronger prisons, as the path to a safer society.

Michael Calderone

The Marshall Project Aims Spotlight On 'Abysmal Status' Of Criminal Justice | Michael Calderone | Posted 11.16.2014 | Media

NEW YORK –- Neil Barsky has taken on varied roles over the years, from Wall Street Journal reporter to Wall Street analyst, hedge fund manager to do...