A fact sheet on why lifting the collateral bans on TANF, SNAP, Pell Grants, and access to affordable housing for federal drug convictions can start the process of ending mass incarceration, poverty, and give opportunity and second chances to a condemned population.
Day of Remembrance of Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls
May 5 has been chosen as a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. Reps. Chaffetz (UT) and Grijalva (AZ) have proposed a resolution, H. Res. 222, calling on Congress to support the Day.
In a new book, Yale Law professor James Forman, calls us to redefine our core values by asking, “What if we strove for compassion, for mercy, for forgiveness? And what if we did this for everybody, including people who have harmed others?”
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.
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
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.