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Dana Liebelson

Some Republican Governors Continue To Dodge Federal Anti-Prison Rape Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some Republican governors continue to dodge the federal law that aims to prevent rape in U.S. correctional facilities, despite a looming...

The Call For A National Crime And Justice Task Force

Jamira Burley | Posted 03.25.2015 | Crime
Jamira Burley

The creation of the National Crime and Justice Task Force will be a step in the right direction to ensure that the United States government does more to protect human rights nationwide and ensures that policing policies are in line with international human rights standards.

What Ever Happened to Post-Racism?

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

We must make this country a nation of equal protection under the law with equal opportunity for everyone. If we truly would like to be post-racial one day, we cannot continue to live in denial, or turn a blind eye towards reality, or remain complacent today. It's as simple as that.

Ferguson Signals the New Civil Rights Frontier for Changemakers: Transforming our Courts

Raj Jayadev | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Raj Jayadev

Witnessing the conveyer belt of convictions in Maplewood and other courtrooms, it is difficult to argue that the criminal court system is an area where constitutional rights are being exercised to mete out justice. Rather, it functions as an efficient delivery system for mass incarceration.

High Hurdle to College for Ex-Offenders

WNYC | Posted 03.11.2015 | New York
WNYC

But advocates say such incidents are an exception and most people who have run-ins with the criminal justice system don't go to college to commit crime. Elected officials are starting to pay attention to that argument.

My Civic Duty: The Chaos

Lisa Page Rosenberg | Posted 03.10.2015 | Crime
Lisa Page Rosenberg

Jury duty is completely inconvenient. Trials can get tedious. There is a lot of waiting around in empty hallways. Yet, the next time I receive a jury notice in the mail, I won't try to get out of it.

Our Indifference Is Killing People With Mental Illness

Jordan Melograna | Posted 03.10.2015 | Crime
Jordan Melograna

We have to fundamentally change our view. The next time you run across someone having a mental health crisis on the street, think to yourself: if this person were having a heart attack, would you want them arrested?

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Here's What Voters Think Should Happen To Brian Williams

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics

More voters than not want Brian Williams back at NBC News. Republicans divide over Jeb Bush. And there is more than one way to assess Scott Walker's e...

Celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of Roper v. Simmons: One Small Step for Christopher Simmons, One Giant Step for Juvenile Justice Reform

Marsha Levick | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Marsha Levick

With this simple declaration ten years ago, the United States Supreme Court ended a centuries-old practice that left youth eligible for execution for murders they committed when they were under the age of eighteen.

America Never Abolished Slavery

Angela F. Chan | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Angela F. Chan

This past Black History Month, millions of students were told the story of how America abolished slavery 150 years ago with ratification of the 13th Amendment. The story draws an upward trajectory of racial equality in America. The problem is the story isn't true. We never actually abolished slavery.

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.

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 ...

Politics of Black Lives Matter: Broadening Public Safety Priorities Beyond Arrests and Prisons

Nicole D. Porter | Posted 02.13.2015 | Black Voices
Nicole D. Porter

We'll know Black lives matter when public safety responses aren't defined by arrests or prison admissions but by work to reduce contact with the criminal justice system in the first place.

Is the International Community Abandoning the Fight Against Impunity?

David Tolbert | Posted 02.12.2015 | World
David Tolbert

Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and more than a decade after the establishment of the International Criminal Court, shockingly little is being done to stop massive human rights abuses. The prospects of victims receiving justice, let alone bringing perpetrators to account, seem ever more remote.

Dana Liebelson

Inside The Koch Campaign To Reform Criminal Justice

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Koch Industries, Inc., the corporation led by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch, is holding discussions with a coalition ...

Racism, Crime, and America's Faith in Punishment and Violence

Derek Flood | Posted 02.10.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

Rather than approaching crime from the perspective of restorative justice and public health, seeking to help people to reform and re-integrate, our country has instead not only continued in a model of punishment that can only be described as "medieval", but has grown it to a scale unprecedented in world history.

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...

Criminalizing Victims: How the Punishment Economy Failed Marissa Alexander

Zachary Norris | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Zachary Norris

For change to happen, we must focus our resources on mechanisms of support. There is another way forward that does not involve punishment or jail. It's time to stop criminalizing victims and provide help instead.

17-Year-Old Girl Shot Dead By Three Cops At Texas Police Station

ThinkProgress | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics

The incident, at this point, is shrouded in mystery. Officials could not “confirm the type of weapon Coignard brandished at the officers.” Beyond ...

The Global Fight in Criminal Justice Must Be Won

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 03.28.2015 | 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.

Dana Liebelson

Lawsuit: Jail Let Teenage Girl Die From Drug Overdose, Staff Covered It Up

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A 17-year-old girl who was revived from a heroin overdose last May and taken to a hospital died several hours later, after medical profe...

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

Mugambi Jouet | Posted 03.16.2015 | 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.

We Need Young People Working: Here's What This Congress Can Do

Paul Kendrick | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Paul Kendrick

The 114th Congress has an opportunity to fundamentally shift American life. To do so, though, they must overcome cynical calculations that have become too common when it comes to young people and politics.

Charles Koch Wants To Change America's Criminal Justice System

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics

Charles Koch, the billionaire chairman and CEO of Koch Industries and leading conservative mega-donor, has set his sights on a new goal: reforming Ame...

How to Invest in Miracles

Harriet McDonald | Posted 02.23.2015 | Impact
Harriet McDonald

By the time they were 18, each boy had lived in multiple foster homes. They survived their childhoods without compassion or stability. The idea of being "cared for" was a foreign concept.