Category Archives: criminal justice

Fighting to End Juvenile Life without Parole: The 25th Anniversary of the U.N. Convention of the Rights of the Child—November 20, Webinar

On November 20, 1989, the United Nations passed the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The United States, along with Somalia and South Sudan, remains one of the few nations that have failed to ratify the CRC, leaving the … Continue reading

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States Are Prioritizing Prisons over Education, Budgets Show

The Huffington Post “If state budget trends reflect the country’s policy priorities, then the U.S. currently values prisoners over children … The growth of state spending on prisons in recent years has far outpaced the growth of spending on education. … Continue reading

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California Proposition Says Yes to Redemption, Yes to Second Chance

From the PICO National Network (http://www.piconetwork.org): In an historic move that will have repercussions throughout the country, Californians passed Proposition 47! California is the first state in the nation to end felony sentencing for non-serious and nonviolent crimes such as … Continue reading

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National Religious Campaign Against Torture Applauds Pope Francis’ Comments on Prisons

From the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (http://www.nrcat.org): WASHINGTON — Following today’s comments by Pope Francis regarding the treatment of prisoners around the world, Rev. Ron Stief, executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture – a coalition comprised … Continue reading

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Breaking the Chains: Mass Incarceration and Systems of Violence (Advocacy Days 2015)—April 17-20, Washington, DC

13th Annual National Gathering April 17-20, 2015 Washington, D.C. AdvocacyDays.org Breaking the Chains: Mass Incarceration and Systems of Exploitation Join over 1,000 Christian advocates in Washington, D.C. in building a movement to shake the foundations of systems of human exploitation (Acts … Continue reading

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Fighting Poverty and Reducing Jail…in Real Time

by Julian Adler Posted on August 20, 2014 at 7:30 am Updated: August 20, 2014 at 9:51 am Posted at http://talkpoverty.org/2014/08/20/fighting-poverty-reducing-jail-real-time Many of us who work in the criminal justice system have come to understand the profound connection between poverty and mass incarceration.  Put simply, individuals with criminal histories – even … Continue reading

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Advocacy Toolkit for Reforming Isolation in Juvenile Justice Facilities

As many of you know, the ACLU National Prison Project recently launched an advocacy toolkit geared towards reforming isolation and solitary confinement in juvenile justice facilities. The toolkit is available online at: https://www.aclu.org/alone-afraid-children-held-solitary-confinement-and-isolation-juvenile-detention-and-correctional We all know that children are extremely … Continue reading

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New Report on the Potential for Reducing Prison Populations

From the Sentencing Project (http://www.sentencingproject.org): I’m pleased to inform you of a new publication from The Sentencing Project that examines the potential for substantial prison population reductions. Fewer Prisoners, Less Crime: A Tale of Three States (http://sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/inc_Fewer_Prisoners_Less_Crime.pdf) profiles the experiences of … Continue reading

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Urge Our Senators to Cosponsor the REDEEM Act to Remove Barriers to Successful Reentry from Incarceration

From the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (http://www.nrcat.org): United States Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have teamed up in Washington, DC to sponsor new bi-partisan criminal justice reform legislation, the REDEEM Act (S. 2567). The bill was … Continue reading

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Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Rethinking ‘Zero Tolerance’

The American Prospect Tremendous piece—features a Philadelphia school… “The first federal measure to implement ‘zero tolerance’ in schools was the Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994 … Districts expanded on Congress’s obligatory punishments to include possession of drugs and alcohol; many … Continue reading

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