iOS app Android app

Criminal Justice Reform

Obama Tells Voters What They Can Do To Push Criminal Justice Reform

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics

President Barack Obama issued a call to action on criminal justice reform on Wednesday during his speech at the Democratic National Convention in Phil...

Donald Trump Does Not Know Policy, Starting With Criminal Justice Reform

Michael Duga | Posted 07.25.2016 | Politics
Michael Duga

The general issue of criminal justice reform is so broad/complex that it cannot be addressed with populist sound bites. However, someone forgot to tell that to the Republican Party nominee for President of the United States.

Letter to America: Achieving Racial Justice Is A Job For All Of Us

Kati Haycock | Posted 07.19.2016 | Education
Kati Haycock

The work of achieving the America we dream of should not be the work of one group or another but all of us who call this country home. And we the people -- Black, Brown, White -- must not rest until all can claim that dream. And bring it to powerful, just fruition.

How We Fund Our Criminal Justice System

Russell Simmons | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Russell Simmons

How are your local courts and jails funded? If your community is like most of America, chances are the criminal justice system itself has become a revenue collection service - with problematic results.

When Courts Are Used As A Weapon Against The Innocent

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 07.12.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

A courtroom is a place where justice is supposed to be served. More and more, however, courts are becoming crime scenes -- here, innocent people are being kidnapped and held captive.

Locked Up: What Is A Youth Prison?

Liz Ryan | Posted 07.11.2016 | Crime
Liz Ryan

In juvenile justice, size matters. Larger isn't better. In fact, it's worse. A youth detention or correctional facility over 25-30 beds is considered large, one of the key traits of a youth prison.

FBI Director James Comey Just Explained Why America Doesn't Prosecute The Rich And Powerful

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Americans have grown accustomed to the idea that some criminal laws target specific populations. Drug possession charges tend to hit lo...

Using Data to Drive Better Results

Deborah De Santis | Posted 07.08.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Tom knew that he couldn't go back to being in jail or homeless. He'd struggled with homelessness and drugs and committed minor crimes to support his a...

President Obama On Police Shootings: 'Change Has Been Too Slow'

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics

President Barack Obama on Thursday forcefully condemned the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men fatally shot by police offi...

From Baton Rouge To Minnesota: Stop Dealing With Police Brutality Episodically And Deal With It Systematically

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

It's not a Louisiana problem; it's not a Minnesota problem; it's not a Staten Island problem -- it's a national problem that requires national reform of police culture and the criminal justice system itself. Nothing short of that will turn this calamity around.

Hillary Clinton: Alton Sterling's Death Shows 'Something Is Profoundly Wrong'

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Wednesday spoke out against the shooting death of Alton Sterling at the hands of police...

The Way Forward In Reentry

Loretta Lynch | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Loretta Lynch

As community organizations team up across the country to reduce crime, expand opportunity, and revitalize our neighborhoods, it is increasingly clear that a crucial part of that work is helping people returning from our prisons and jails make a successful transition back home.

Living Boldly After 40 Years In The Closet

David Rothenberg | Posted 07.01.2016 | Queer Voices
David Rothenberg

With the intention of resigning, I gathered our staff - men and women who had all served time - and told them that I was gay, that I was going to open up about my sexuality on Susskind and that I would be resigning from Fortune. Their responses stopped me in my tracks. Jackson asked, "Well, what are you gonna wear on TV?"

Settlement ends debtors' prison in Washington county

ACLU of Washington | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
ACLU of Washington

After struggling with addiction and mental illness, Jayne Fuentes served her time, found a job and got her life back on track. But even though she'd b...

What I really want for Father's Day: Stop Solitary for Kids

Marc Schindler | Posted 06.20.2016 | Crime
Marc Schindler

As Father's Day approached, and I watched my kids excitedly make plans to celebrate, I couldn't help but reflect on my juvenile justice reform work. As a former youth corrections administrator, I noticed their excitement is so different than the isolation we know is too often experienced by kids in facilities.

The Least Congress Can Do on Criminal Justice Reform

Julie Stewart | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Julie Stewart

Five and a half years ago, I wrote an op-ed in this space in which I urged Congress to apply retroactively the recently passed Fair Sentencing Act of ...

What Black And Latina Women Want You To Know About Hillary Clinton

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be named the presumptive nominee of a major political party. Let that sink in: Nin...

We Can't Just Be Against the Death Penalty When It's Easy

Rebecca Griffin | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Rebecca Griffin

341 prisoners have been exonerated through DNA evidence in the last 25 years. And these are the ones who are lucky enough to have an organization with resources to investigate their cases. It's impossible to know how many innocent people are still in prison or have been executed already.

Kindergarten Cops, or Over-Policing's Devastating Impact on Social Mobility

Willa Seldon | Posted 06.02.2016 | Impact
Willa Seldon

By Willa Seldon and Debby Bielak In 2010, I [co-author Willa Seldon] was sitting in my former office at the Glide Foundation when one of our front-li...

Implicit Biases and Opportunity Gaps May Slow Path to Justice Reform, But Progress Comes Slowly

Channel Powe | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Channel Powe

My father first went to jail when I was three years old. Growing up under these circumstances provided me with firsthand insight into how the criminal justice system sets up first-time -- indeed, one-time -- offenders to be repeat offenders.

Is There a Cure for Wrongful Convictions?

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 05.27.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Our criminal justice system continues to fail innocent prisoners because of the structures and statutes that legislators refuse to change.

Why Latinos Should Invest in Sentencing Reform

Maritza Perez | Posted 05.25.2016 | Latino Voices
Maritza Perez

Once incarcerated, Latinxs face limited economic opportunity, family trauma, turmoil, and deportation -- consequences that do not in any way reflect reasonable punishment for the often minor infractions that occur.

Time Is Running Out For The Senate To Finally Do Something About Sentencing Reform

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senators pushing for bipartisan criminal justice reform are running out of time to pass the legislation through both chambers before the...

The Return: A New Documentary Film Captures the Joy and Pain of Prisoner Reentry

The Vera Institute of Justice | Posted 05.25.2016 | Impact
The Vera Institute of Justice

For many of us, this documentary film, which premieres tonight on PBS, hits close to home. The stories of rocky recovery and tenuous returning loved ones are familiar; our own families' highs and lows echo though every scene.

A Chronicle of a Girl Who Just Wants to go to Prison

Allison McNulla | Posted 06.29.2016 | Impact
Allison McNulla

The Warden Exchange works with wardens and top corrections professionals nationwide to empower them with skills in transformational leadership so they can create a prison culture conducive to the moral rehabilitation of inmates.