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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...

From Wrongful Convictions To Helping Free Other Innocent Prisoners

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 07.27.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

As two of many innocent prisoners, Jeffrey and Derrick bring fresh energy to the crusade of stopping wrongful convictions. Not only are they well versed in the law, they are not afraid of educating the media about our real-life nightmares.

Blame Obama For Racial Tensions With The Police?

Paul Heroux | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Paul Heroux

A lot of President Obama's opponents have said that he is inciting racial tensions with the recent wave of high profile police shootings of young blac...

The Economic Aspect Of Recent Tragedies Cannot Be Overlooked

Marcus Bright | Posted 07.19.2016 | Black Voices
Marcus Bright

In many ways, the economic status of minority communities is inextricably linked to the plight of Blacks and Hispanics in the criminal justice system.

Donald Trump's VP Pick Bashed Law To Combat Prison Rape

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― When Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate last week, it was a nod to th...

Our Bail System Is Leaving Innocent People To Die In Jail Because They're Poor

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics

Jail deaths disproportionately impact poor defendants, according to a months-long investigation published by The Huffington Post this week, which docu...

Speaking at Harvard Law, "Making a Murderer" Attorney Dean Strang Highlights Our Troubling Rate of Wrongful Convictions--and Suggests a Solution

Michael Shammas | Posted 07.12.2016 | Crime
Michael Shammas

The vast majority of prosecutors are true professionals, keenly aware of their immense power and its consequent responsibility. They form accurate conclusions on guilt far more often than the converse. Still, cognitive bias and overconfidence touch us all.

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.

White America, Wake The F*ck Up. The Deaths Of Alton Sterling And Philando Castile ARE Your Problem.

Jesse Damiani | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Jesse Damiani

As a self-proclaimed "woke" white dude, it's sometimes difficult to know how to participate in conversations about race that matter deeply to me. The last thing I want to do is suck up oxygen from the voices that need to be heard.

Losing My White Privilege Blinders

Sue Veres Royal | Posted 07.11.2016 | Impact
Sue Veres Royal

I still have the privilege of walking through my life with binoculars, but my lens are no longer rose-colored and I have fear, real fear, that something could happen to my husband, or my son when he is older.

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.

3 Things Every Black Man Should Take Away from Jesse Williams' BET Acceptance Speech

Brandon Patterson | Posted 07.01.2016 | Black Voices
Brandon Patterson

As a black man watching Williams' speech, the emotion that I encountered first was that of shamefulness. I began to ask myself: Could I ever be that selfless?

Permanent Pell In Prison: More Than Twenty Years After It Was Taken Away REAL Act brings hope for Higher Ed in prison

Rev. Vivian Nixon | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Rev. Vivian Nixon

Pell Grants were created to ensure every American in this country had the chance to educate themselves regardless of their circumstance or socioeconomic status. No one fits into that category more than many of the two million people currently incarcerated in the United States.

Chef Who Spent Time In Jail Now Trains Other Ex-Offenders In Culinary Arts

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact

This high-end chef trains and employs formerly incarcerated individuals in his restaurant -- because he knows all too well the power of a second chanc...

'Orange Is the New Black' Keeps Missing How Wrongful Convictions Affect Women

Alison Flowers | Posted 06.24.2016 | Entertainment
Alison Flowers

The acclaimed show has brought complex criminal justice issues to the mainstream, with viewers in more than 190 countries. But one critical area that remains untouched by OITNB is how wrongful convictions affect women.

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.

What Is the Proper Punishment for Sexual Assault?

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 06.20.2016 | Crime
Ronald A. Lindsay

Before we decide what the proper sentence is in a particular criminal case, we should be able to explain what purpose the punishment serves.

The Stanford Sexual Assault Victim Has Broken Our Hearts: For the Better

Marjorie Clifton | Posted 06.13.2016 | HuffPost Home
Marjorie Clifton

There hasn't been a day this week, where at a dinner or boardroom table, the topic of the Stanford sexual assault case hasn't come up. What is markedly different about this particular violent act, what has spurred so much outrage, grief, bewilderment, and therefore widespread discussion -- is the brave and powerful statement made by the anonymous victim.

Gault at 50: Ensuring Counsel for LGBTQ Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

Naomi Goldberg | Posted 06.13.2016 | Queer Voices
Naomi Goldberg

This blog was co-authored by Christina J. Gilbert, Staff Attorney and Policy Counsel, National Juvenile Defender Center In 1967, the United States Su...

New Criminal Justice Report Reminds Us That Transgender Discrimination Goes Beyond Bathrooms

Sarah McBride | Posted 06.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah McBride

Access to public facilities like bathrooms is important for transgender people. But the fight for transgender rights does not begin and end at the bathroom door.

Once Imprisoned By a Wrongful Conviction, Attorney Jarrett Adams Now Offers Universal Lessons

Michael Golden | Posted 06.06.2016 | Education
Michael Golden

The phrase "changing people's lives" is spoken daily in the world of education and advocacy. I, myself, have been saying it for years. And though I'...

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.

Oregon Militant Leaders Unhappy With Jail Rules, Want Facebook

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ammon and Ryan Bundy, leaders of an armed occupation in Oregon earlier this year, are unhappy with the rules in their jail. The brother...

How Our User-Pay Justice System Drives Mass Incarceration

The Vera Institute of Justice | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
The Vera Institute of Justice

A large part of our local justice system is funded by fines and fees extracted from so-called "users" of the system, even though 80 percent of these users are too poor to hire their own lawyer. This method of funding the system is common across the country.

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...