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Hanging On to Hope to Keep Black Men and Boys Alive

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the world's leading peace and justice advocates, has called Bryan Stevenson "America's Nelson Mandela." He has gotten innocent men off death row, successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times, including to ban "death sentences."

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...

14 Illinois Prisons Reaching 80 to 96% of Their Total Capacity

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.31.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

There are more than 47,000 inmates under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Corrections as of May 2015, the lowest the state's prison popu...

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 07.30.2015 | 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.

Drug Courts: Criminal Approach to a Public Health Issue

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 07.29.2015 | Crime
Elaine Pawlowski

Labeling drug court participants as addicts and forcing drug treatment on those who are not addicted because they were caught with drugs continues to misuse treatment resources. Legislators cannot use drug treatment courts as a way to address this growing public health issue.

100 Million Reasons We Need Justice Reform -- One Blueprint for How to Do It

Christine Leonard | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Christine Leonard

One in three Americans -- as many as 100 million adults -- has a criminal record. Because a criminal history record creates barriers to housing, education and employment, it can often stand between another chance and another visit to prison.

Hurry Up And Wait For Justice: The Struggles Of Innocent Prisoners

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 07.28.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

When the judicial system that is supposed to protect us continues to fail us and our families, and when we have evidence to clear us of these crimes that goes ignored, it's extremely hard to keep our sanity.

These Programs Are Helping Prisoners Live Again On The Outside

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics

For some prisoners, especially those that have spent years or decades of their lives locked up, getting out comes with a mixture of overwhelming joy ...

Sheriff's Warning To Burglar On 'Crime Stoppers' Is Criminally Good

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 07.27.2015 | Crime

You can run but you can't hide from the words of Lt. Clay Higgins. The spokesman for the St. Landry Parish Sheriff in Louisiana has captured...

Sex Trafficking; Beneath the Veil

Nicholas Denmon | Posted 07.24.2015 | Crime
Nicholas Denmon

It is an industry that rakes in over $32 billion a year. More than 300,000 people fall prey to it each year in the U.S. alone. More than four million people couldn't stop doing it even if they tried.

Congress May Actually Do Something On Criminal Justice Reform

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Criminal justice reform seems to be the bipartisan issue of the day. Across the political spectrum, from the Koch brothers to Presi...

After Kalief Browder's Death, U.S. Lawmakers Demand Better Treatment of Incarcerated Kids

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) announced Wednesday that she is introducing several bills to improve the treatment of incarcerated yo...

The American Nightmare: The Tyranny of the Criminal Justice System

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.22.2015 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

In this age of hollow justice, courts of order, and government-sanctioned tyranny, the Constitution is no safeguard against government wrongdoing such as SWAT team raids, domestic surveillance, police shootings of unarmed citizens, indefinite detentions, asset forfeitures, prosecutorial misconduct and the like.

Obama Got To Visit Federal Prisoners. The Family Of This Inmate Who Had Brain Surgery Can't.

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Francklin Pierre doesn't exactly seem like a drug kingpin. A citizen of Haiti and a crew member on a cargo ship called the Wave Tra...

Why the President's Prison Visit Did Not Go Far Enough

Rev. Vivian Nixon | Posted 07.22.2015 | Crime
Rev. Vivian Nixon

President Obama was brave to pick up the issue of reform and put it front and center for all to see, however if the purpose of his visit was to highlight what life is like on the "inside," I think the trip fell short.

If Sandra Bland Were a White Woman, Statistics Show She'd Be Alive Today

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.22.2015 | Crime
H. A. Goodman

The dash-cam video of Ms. Bland's confrontation with a Texas State Trooper shows the demise of an American woman who posed absolutely no threat to anyone.

An Open Letter to President Obama: Please Visit Our Girls Behind Bars Too

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Malika Saada Saar

Please Mr. President, visit our girls behind bars--connect their lives to the larger discourse on criminal justice reform, and call attention to how we must do better by our girls too--because their lives matter.

Dating and Patriotism: Part One, American Love Affair

Elizabeth Lazar | Posted 07.28.2015 | Entertainment
Elizabeth Lazar

These past couple weeks in politics have left me with a set of volatile emotions normally reserved for that other baffling (and intermittently absurd) realm of life... love and lust.


Jumaane D. Williams | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Jumaane D. Williams

#BlackLivesMatter, like "Black Is Beautiful" before it, is the affirmation of our worth as black people, in spite of these realities. I applaud the young people for declaring that they recognize their worth and demand that others recognize it too.

Criminal Justice Reforms Must Include Youth Behind Bars

Liz Ryan | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Liz Ryan

The president and congress should not leave out youth behind bars in efforts to reform criminal justice this year and their actions must focus on reforms at both the federal and state level. Kalief Browder and Andre Sheffield's deaths are a sobering reminder to the president and the congress of the urgency and the need to ensure youth behind bars are not left behind.

A Historic Week for the Fight to #EndMassIncarceration! But Will President Obama Play It Safe or Courageously?

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

The President can and must do more. There are at least two things in his executive authority and at least one or two more things that he must call on Congress to do in order to meet the challenge of the hour.

Ending the Crisis of Confidence in Our Criminal Justice System

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 07.20.2015 | New York
Eric T. Schneiderman

In a system that disproportionately harms poor people and people of color, too many Americans have lost faith in the essential American principle of equal justice under law.

Is Violence the New Normal? Why We Must End Solitary Confinement for Youth

Alex M. Johnson | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics
Alex M. Johnson

I don't want to wait for another Kalief Browder to remind us why ending this practice is essential. End solitary confinement now.