Category Archives: Criminal Justice

Hearing Explores the Hurtful Impact of “Stand Your Ground” Laws

By Hannah Cornfield, a Fall 2013 Leadership Conference Education Fund Intern Though clapping, demonstration, or protest is prohibited during Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, the audience and witnesses radiated quiet, heavy emotion last week during a hearing on “Stand Your Ground’ … Continue reading

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Mandatory Minimum Sentences: Preventing Fairness, Equality and Rehabilitation in Our Criminal Justice System

By Hannah Cornfield, a Fall 2013 Leadership Conference Education Fund Intern Why does “the land of the free” lock up more people than any other country in the world? A recent Senate hearing on mandatory minimums revealed that they are … Continue reading

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NYPD’s Infamous Stop-and-Frisk Policy Found Unconstitutional

By Taahira Thompson, a Summer 2013 Leadership Conference Intern In a decision announced last week, a federal judge found the New York City Police Department’s “Stop-and-Frisk” policy unconstitutional. The controversial policy allowed police officers to stop, interrogate and search New … Continue reading

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Ending ‘Stop and Frisk” in New York City

Two advocates with the NAACP have an op-ed in Huffington Post today encouraging people to support the organization’s efforts alongside the National Action Network to end New York City’s policy of “stop and frisk”, which disproportionately affects Black and Latino men. Continue reading

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Wouldn’t You Want to Call Your Mom on Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day is a time to cherish the special connections in our families. Yet for the over 2 million people in our prison system, those connections are only maintained through a phone. Making calls from prison are expensive and up to … Continue reading

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Michelle Alexander Talks Ending the War on Drugs on the Colbert Report

Civil rights advocate Michelle Alexander was on the Colbert Report last night to talk about her book, “The New Jim Crow.” Continue reading

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Background Checks Limit Employment Opportunity

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is on a roll. The same week that it issued hiring protection for gender non-conforming individuals, it updated guidance on criminal background checks that had not been revisited for 25 years. Under the new … Continue reading

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