criminal legal system

Graduated Reentry and the Need for Real Prison Reform
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Graduated Reentry and the Need for Real Prison Reform

Learn about the Graduated Reentry Program and how prison reform legislation isn’t meaningful without accountability and oversight.

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Why the Attica Prison Uprising Still Matters Today
An aerial shot of incarcerated people in D Yard at Attica Correctional Facility before the deadly police assault. Black and white photo.

Why the Attica Prison Uprising Still Matters Today

The five-day Attica prison uprising was a fight against inhumane conditions and racial and religious injustices, which still resonates today.

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The Misconception of Solitary Confinement
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The Misconception of Solitary Confinement

Solitary confinement is the go-to solution for handling any issue brought on by a system that breaks down those within its confinement.

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How Defunding Crime Victim Services Fails Survivors
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How Defunding Crime Victim Services Fails Survivors

Although Congress passed the VOCA Fix Act to restore the Crime Victims Fund, domestic and sexual violence crisis centers are still struggling to recover.

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DOJ Calls for Overhaul of Minneapolis Police, but Reform Rarely Works
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DOJ Calls for Overhaul of Minneapolis Police, but Reform Rarely Works

A report on the Minneapolis Police supports protesters’ claims and calls for overhaul, but current police reform promises have fallen short.

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How Plessy v. Ferguson Relates to Today’s Struggles
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How Plessy v. Ferguson Relates to Today’s Struggles

De facto residential segregation is increasing today, creating segregated hospitals, schools, and transportation systems—the very things permitted by Plessy v. Ferguson.

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Reflecting on the Los Angeles Riots
Graffiti on a wall reads "F**K LAPD! No Justice. No Peace!"

Reflecting on the Los Angeles Riots

The 1992 Los Angeles riots were sparked by a series of injustices by the criminal justice system against marginalized people that remain unaddressed 30 years later.

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The Lingering Punishment After Leaving Prison
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The Lingering Punishment After Leaving Prison

If you were designing a system that ensured those leaving prison returned, you’d end up with something similar to the current U.S. prisoner reentry landscape.

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Central Park Five and Donald Trump: A Tale of Two Cases
Two photos side by side. Left: black and white of a person being brought into the courthouse by cops. Right: Donald Trump greeting fans after his arraignment.

Central Park Five and Donald Trump: A Tale of Two Cases

The differences between the Central Park Five and the Donald Trump indictments highlight the disparities and bias in the legal system.

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Ending the Cash Bail System in America
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Ending the Cash Bail System in America

Most people in pretrial detention in the U.S. are incarcerated because they cannot afford to pay their cash bail.

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