Increased involvement of state and local police in federal immigration enforcement carries financial burdens and litigation risks and damages community trust.
With Jeff Sessions as attorney general, dangerous and outdated “law and order” policies would stymie criminal justice reform.
Statistical analysis illustrates that across a range of social and economic indicators, sanctuary counties perform better than comparable nonsanctuary counties.
Promoting equal, meaningful access to legal representation in the U.S. justice system is critical to ending poverty, combating discrimination, and creating opportunity.
Public schools have not adapted to address students’ mental, social, and emotional barriers to learning, and children of color are disproportionately affected.
The Department of Homeland Security should follow the Bureau of Prison’s lead and take steps to reduce—and ultimately eliminate—its use of private prisons.
Bridging the divide between communities of color and law enforcement begins by recognizing that discord is rooted in the origins of policing in America.
Raising the minimum wage and expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit would not only boost income for struggling workers but also save American communities billions of dollars each year by reducing crime.
Boosting the Earned Income Tax Credit for workers without dependent children would result in a societal benefit of $1.7 billion to $3.3 billion each year from reduced crime and enhanced public safety alone.
As bipartisan momentum around criminal justice reform continues to grow in Congress and across the United States, policymakers must include disability as a critical component of reform.
Reform is urgently needed to prevent civil asset forfeiture abuses from undermining public efforts to cut poverty and boost opportunity.
The barriers associated with criminal records have devastating consequences for families, resulting in lifelong punishment for parents with records and significantly limiting their children’s future.
Nearly half of U.S. children now have at least one parent with a criminal record. We must enact policies to ensure that a criminal record does not consign an individual—and his or her children and family—to a life of poverty.
Despite claims to the contrary, there is no evidence to suggest that the “Hands Up” movement has caused the police to stand down.
The effects of mass incarceration ripple across the United States and affect all Americans. Congress should seize the historic opportunity to begin to repair the U.S. criminal justice system.