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Restoring Justice

LGBT jail bunk article icon Issue Brief Several states and local jurisdictions have updated their juvenile justice policies to ensure that the disproportionate numbers of LGBT youth in the juvenile justice system are treated with dignity and respect. These model policies provide a blueprint for safeguarding all youth in the juvenile justice system.

by Aisha C. Moodie-Mills and Christina Gilbert | Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Million Dollar Judges of 2014

NC Chief Justice Mark MartinSpending on judicial elections reached $15 million in 2014—a record for a midterm election—fueled by money from attorneys and corporate litigants.

by Billy Corriher | Friday, December 12, 2014

The Battle to Protect the Vote

poll volunteer book_alt2 icon Report This report analyzes the impact of new voting restrictions in the 2014 midterm elections, with a focus on five states that have seen recent significant increases in population and political participation in communities of color.

by Ben Jealous and Ryan P. Haygood | Friday, December 5, 2014

One Strike and You’re Out

man climbs stairs book_alt2 icon Report A criminal record can be a lifelong barrier to economic security and mobility—with adverse effects on families, communities, and our entire economy. The United States must craft policies to ensure that Americans with criminal records have a fair shot at a decent life for themselves and their families.

by Rebecca Vallas and Sharon Dietrich | Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Dirty Money, Dirty Water

The Allen Steam Station plant book_alt2 icon Report A troubling correlation between judicial campaign contributions and success rates for law firms underscores the need to restore the state’s public financing of judicial candidates.

by Billy Corriher and Sean Wright | Monday, November 17, 2014

Uncounted Votes

African American voters book_alt2 icon Report A first-of-its-kind analysis of county-level 2012 election data finds that, in 16 states, voters in counties with a higher percentage of minorities cast provisional ballots at higher rates.

by Joshua Field, Charles Posner, Anna Chu | Wednesday, October 29, 2014

In Texas, No Justice for Injured Patients

play_alt icon Video This new video from Legal Progress documents the damaging effects of Texas’ 2003 tort reform legislation, which makes it virtually impossible for emergency room patients to hold hospitals accountable for medical malpractice.

by Billy Corriher | Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Keeping Campaign Cash Out of North Carolina Courts

Coal ash in Dan River article icon Fact Sheet The repeal of public financing for judicial candidates could give corporate polluters and other donors more influence in North Carolina courts.

by Billy Corriher and Sean Wright | Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Infographic: The Ripple Effect of the Hobby Lobby Decision

rippleAllowing corporate religious liberty to trump employees’ religious liberty can lead to a cascade of poor health outcomes for the nation.

by Donna Barry, Laura E. Durso, Chester Hawkins | Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Koch Brothers and D.C. Conservatives Spending Big on Nonpartisan State Supreme Court Races

Big-money groups in Washington are spending big on judicial elections book_alt2 icon Report Big-money groups in Washington want to protect state legislatures’ agendas from legal challenges.

by Billy Corriher | Monday, August 11, 2014

A Blueprint for Reclaiming Religious Liberty Post-Hobby Lobby

People pray in front of the Supreme Court. book_alt2 icon Report Religious liberty protections must strongly protect both individuals and religious institutions, but must be limited when the exercise imposes costs or burdens on others.

by Donna Barry, Sandhya Bathija, Laura E. Durso, Joshua Field, Carmel Martin, Sally Steenland | Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Re-Establishing Religious Liberty Post-Hobby Lobby

Hobby LobbyFederal and state lawmakers must ensure that religious liberty is not used as a force to discriminate or impose costs on others.

by Carmel Martin and Joshua Field | Monday, June 30, 2014

Moving Forward with ‘My Brother’s Keeper’

obama and kidsPICO National Network’s Lifelines to Healing Campaign has embraced the White House’s charge to become our brothers’ keepers.

by Sam Fulwood III | Tuesday, June 3, 2014

State Judicial Ethics Rules Fail to Address Flood of Campaign Cash from Lawyers and Litigants

Justice David Prosser article icon Issue Brief Judges and legislators fail to address the conflicts of interest inherent in multimillion-dollar judicial elections.

by Billy Corriher and Jake Paiva | Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Most States Flunk a Test of Their Recusal Rules

cursor icon Interactive A CAP analysis finds that states have failed to strengthen their judicial ethics rules to address the growth in campaign cash.

by Billy Corriher and Jake Paiva | Wednesday, May 7, 2014