Criminal Justice

Injustice & Inequity in the Justice System

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We all lose when we lock people away. Incarceration denies the opportunities for rehabilitation and healing that are necessary for a person to fulfill his or her potential. This is a loss not only to the individual and his or her family but to society as a whole.


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Update Federal Criminal Justice Reforms in the Trump Era 

Mass incarceration is a long and pervasive disease we all live with in the U.S. We’ve lived with it for over 40 years. If you consider its precursors, we have been living with systematic oppression of black and brown bodies for centuries.

Statement Attorney General Pauses Reforms Geared to Curb Institutional Racism and Excessive Force 

The Friends Committee on National Legislation deplores Attorney General Jeff Session's recent decision to pause reforms designed to protect people from militarized policing.

Statement The Attorney General Codifies Mass Incarceration as DOJ Policy  

Mr. Sessions is ordering federal prosecutors to ramp up prosecutions and likely seek heavier sentences on drug crimes.

Update Criminal Justice Reform and the Trump Administration 

Last year, we saw the most robust attempts to reform America’s criminal justice system that the federal government has seen in a generation. Congress nearly brought a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill to the floor.

Legislative Ask Support Sentencing Reform 

Disproportionally long prison sentences for certain crimes, combined with laws that prevent successful re-entry into civilian life, have created a system of mass incarceration that doesn’t work, cost too much and unfairly impacts the poor and people of color.

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