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Criminal Justice System


Peoples Coalition Helped Elect New Orleans' First Progressive District Attorney

Members knocked on doors, made thousands of calls and texted to get the word out about the importance of the election and the important issues in the DA race.

Bill Quigley ·


It's Time to End the Federal Death Penalty

Ending the death penalty should be part of comprehensive justice reform in the United States and part of our current reckoning with racial inequality.

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings ·


'A Moral Imperative': Business Leaders Demand Death Penalty Abolition Worldwide

"The tide is turning, and now it is the responsibility of business leaders to speak up and stand together on the right side of history."

Brett Wilkins, staff writer ·


'All Other States Should Follow': Advocates Applaud as Illinois Approves Elimination of Cash Bail

The move comes as part of a broader measure featuring what the ACLU called "important changes to policing and our criminal justice system."

Jessica Corbett, staff writer ·


Are Judges Just Politicians in Robes?

Having seen that appointed judges refuse to toe the party line at the federal level, the GOP has decided to employ partisan gerrymandering to change the way judges are elected at the state level.

James D. Zirin ·



Biden's Private Prison Reform Must Include Immigration Detention Centers

To fully address profit-driven punishment, the Biden administration will need to take aim at every tendril of the private prison industry.

Rebekah Entralgo ·


'These Officers Should Be Fired and Indicted': Outrage After Rochester Police Pepper Spray Handcuffed 9-Year-Old Child

"Just pepper spray her at this point," one officer can be heard saying about a young girl already in the backseat of a cruiser, just before another officer says, "I got her. I got her."

Jon Queally, staff writer ·


Bond Modification Sought After Alleged Kenosha Killer Kyle Rittenhouse Drinks Beer, Flashes White Power Signs With So-Called 'Proud Boys'

"The defendant's continued association with members of a group that prides itself on violence, and the use of their symbols, raises the significant possibility of future harm."

Brett Wilkins, staff writer ·


Because 'Time for Urgent, Bold Change Is Now,' 200+ Groups Tell Biden to End Failed War on Drugs

"We are urging the administration to abandon criminalization as a means to address substance use, and instead ensure universal access to equitable evidence-based solutions rooted in racial and economic justice and compassion."

Kenny Stancil, staff writer ·