criminal injustice

Bombshell Paper Names the Federal Judges Guilty of the Most Racist Sentencing

It has long been known that people of color get harsher criminal sentences in federal criminal court for the same…

August 2, 2021

Brooklyn Dismisses 3,500 Marijuana Cases in Latest Steps Toward Justice

On July 27, a Brooklyn, New York county court agreed to dismiss and seal over 3,500 marijuana cases. With full…

July 29, 2021

This Iowa Prosecutor Race Will Be a Significant National Yardstick

The County Attorney’s Office in Polk County (Des Moines), Iowa has gotten little attention from criminal justice reform advocates—at least…

July 27, 2021

Biden Pick of Rachael Rollins for US Attorney of Mass. a Mixed Blessing

President Joe Biden has announced his intention to appoint Suffolk County (Boston) District Attorney Rachael Rollins as the next US…

July 26, 2021

Senate Marijuana Legalization Bill Falls Short in Key Areas, Advocates Say

On July 14, Senators Cory Booker, Chuck Schumer and Ron Wyden announced a draft discussion of a new federal cannabis…

July 26, 2021

Missouri POs Sending People to Prison for Being Medical Marijuana Patients

On June 23, 29-year-old Ray Breer walked through the gates of the Western Reception Diagnostic Correctional Center north of Kansas…

July 22, 2021

In Seeking Rural Reform Prosecutors to “Uplift,” Don’t Set the Bar Too Low

Saying the criminal-legal system is a system like saying a forest is a tree. There are over 2,000 local criminal…

July 20, 2021

Sex Workers No Longer Criminalized for Simply Living With HIV in Nevada

In Nevada, sex workers living with HIV have been uniquely targeted by the state, facing harsher punishments than their seronegative…

July 15, 2021

Gwen Levi and the “Sentencing Goals” That Shouldn’t Apply

Around 90 percent of criminal cases are handled by county court systems, where inflexibility on disproportionately harsh sentencing outcomes is…

July 12, 2021

Eric Adams as NYC Mayor: What Could It Mean for Harm Reduction?

Eric Adams—the Brooklyn borough president, former state senator and former NYPD captain—is now the Democratic candidate for New York City…

July 8, 2021