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Public health recommendations aren’t easy to follow for the incarcerated, unhoused, or the thousands who’ve been subjected to water shutoffs in recent years.
A new report from the Prison Policy Initiative and VOCAL-NY analyzes residence data for incarcerated people and uses it to look at how incarceration relates to community well-being
Spotlights like this one provide original commentary and analysis on pressing criminal justice issues of the day. You can read them each day in our newsletter, The Daily Appeal. Yesterday in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, hundreds gathered to call on state Attorney General Josh Shapiro to “show mercy” and increase his support for clemency. The state’s clemency process allows even a […]
A new survey shows support across political lines for second-look legislation and sentence review by prosecutors
In November 2018, Democrats won control of the state Senate in New York. And they did so with authority. Vivian Wang of the New York Times reported after the election: “Democrats had needed to flip only one seat to erase the Republicans’ razor-thin majority. They blew past that number, unseating five incumbents and winning three open seats.” […]
Leaving power with the same actors, who equate safety with mass criminalization and detention, will yield the same results.
A small school district spent $1.4 million to equip surveillance cameras with the technology.
In 1976, New York criminalized “loitering for the purpose of engaging in a prostitution offense,” a law that has allowed for policing that targets LGBTQ and immigrant New Yorkers of color. Now, a broad coalition is hoping to repeal the law, as a step towards broader decriminalization.
Opposition to it should lay the groundwork for opposition to the system of which it is a part.
“We will prioritize family integrity and family unity at every stage of the process to the extent we can do so.”
Two recent investigations look at how, in the name of fighting crime, police departments engage in dangerous, often fatal, vehicle pursuits
Moms 4 Housing made a home for their families in a vacant house in Oakland. Yesterday, police in tanks and riot gear evicted them.
“I sometimes wonder whether, in 100 years’ time, people will be as shocked by the length of sentences we are imposing as we are by some of the punishments of the 18th century,” the lord chief justice of England and Wales said in 2006.
An enormous database of DNA samples could pave the way for increasingly exclusionary anti-immigrant policies
On the eve of the state’s marijuana legalization law going into effect, Governor J.B. Pritzker of Illinois announced that he would issue 11,017 pardons to people with low-level marijuana convictions.
Spotlights like this one provide original commentary and analysis on pressing criminal justice issues of the day. You can read them each day in our newsletter, The Daily Appeal. In 2014, Morgan Godvin’s best friend, Justin DeLong, experienced a fatal drug overdose. She had sold him the heroin he used. The next night, police officers raided […]
Rather than target fraudulent universities, ICE created its own to go after foreign students.
Spotlights like this one provide original commentary and analysis on pressing criminal justice issues of the day. You can read them each day in our newsletter, The Daily Appeal. Two years ago, the executive director of Just Detention International, an organization whose mission is to end sexual assault in jails and prisons, wrote in an opinion piece for […]
After protests over the police shooting of Alton Sterling, DeRay Mckesson, the Black Lives Matter activist, was sued by a police officer.
A rule restricting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will have profound consequences for people with criminal legal system involvement.
Racial disparities in incarceration rates are dropping but still remain high. Racial disparities in sentence lengths are growing.
Tribal jurisdiction over intimate partner and sexual violence was created in the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and advocates argue it is necessary for accountability and safety.
On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee voted 24-10 in favor of the MORE Act, which would legalize marijuana at the federal level.
In a letter to the sentencing judge, the Minnesota representative called for compassion toward the man who pleaded guilty to threatening to kill her.
Efforts are underway to address life without parole sentences and free people who have been in prison for decades.
What you’ll read today Spotlight: Massachusetts’ highest court is urged to address a crisis in indigent defense Tuesday’s election boosts voting rights for people with past convictions Deadlocked San Francisco district attorney race shows strength of progressive prosecutor movement 39 years after a death sentence, Bobby Moore resentenced to life in prison in Texas In response to Freedom of Information request, Brooklyn […]
What you’ll read today Spotlight: People in prison run enormous risks when they speak out. They need to be heard. Rep. Ayanna Pressley unveils sweeping plan to reshape American criminal legal system The Appeal Podcast: States turn to nitrogen gas for executions, despite serious concerns As Michigan raises the age, advocates vow to press for more change After bail reform, a drop in […]
Even when retaliation is likely, people speak out about the violence and abuse they experience and witness.
What you’ll read today Spotlight: Democrats should deliver on gun control that doesn’t feed mass incarceration Why prisoners get the doctors no one else wants How district attorney Jackie Lacey failed Los Angeles Philadelphia trauma center closure could mean more shooting deaths—and more tough-on-crime talk Harmless Error: Explained After denying it existed, the NYPD finally destroyed an illegal database of children’s fingerprints Philadelphia […]