criminal injustice

A Record Means Discrimination—But National Expungement Week Is Here

For Mauro Melgar, record expungement is not just an abstract policy, it’s something that has had a profound impact on…

September 18, 2020

The LEAD Program Faces a Reckoning for Centering Police

The murder of George Floyd and the explosion of protests against police terror led by the Black Lives Matter (BLM)…

September 17, 2020

Vermont Prosecutor Becomes Second in Nation to Stop Seeking Cash Bail

The top prosecutor of Chittenden County (Burlington), Vermont is ending a policy that she says is a form of modern…

September 17, 2020

Portland Charges Exemplify Struggle Over Feds’ Prosecution Encroachment

Ammon Bundy shocked the country when he took up arms against the US federal government in 2016—leading an occupation of…

September 14, 2020

NYPD Reports Eight-Fold Increase in Use of Force for “Crowd Control” During Floyd Uprising

In the late spring and early summer, New York City, like the rest of the country, saw unprecedented mass protest…

September 1, 2020

Four Easy Ways for a New Top Prosecutor to Make Meaningful Change

Activists like the Dream Defenders did not expect Harold Pryor to win the Broward County (Fort Lauderdale), Florida State Attorney…

August 25, 2020

Cages Don’t Always Have Bars: How “Reforms” Swelled the Carceral State

Place Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law together on a street corner in an impoverished neighborhood and they’ll see examples of…

August 25, 2020

What Marijuana Legalization Would Mean for Criminal Justice in Arizona

Marijuana legalization is headed to the ballot in Arizona this November. If successful, the state would become the 12th US…

August 24, 2020

The Frightening Future and Past of Cop “Mutual Aid”

Mutual aid organizing is experiencing something of a renaissance amid the coinciding crises of COVID-19 and overdoses. But the concept…

August 20, 2020

Breaking Down a Model Bill to Decriminalize All Drugs

On August 6, the Drug Policy Alliance* released a detailed proposal to decriminalize all drugs at the federal level. The…

August 20, 2020