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Director, Women’s Initiative
Managing Director, Rights and Justice
Senior Policy Analyst, Criminal Justice Reform
Director, Criminal Justice Reform
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The opioid epidemic is a complex public health crisis that can be ameliorated by addressing root causes of drug use; expanding access to treatment and harm reduction strategies; and reducing the supply of illicit opioids entering the United States.
Sep 20, 2023
Trinh Q. Truong, Debu Gandhi, Jill Rosenthal, 5 More
Marquisha Johns, Mariam Rashid, Dan Restrepo, Akua Amaning, Cleo Bluthenthal
The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the first major federal gun safety bill passed in nearly 30 years, has closed gun law loopholes and implemented new gun violence prevention policies, as well as made significant investments in school and community safety that are saving lives.
Aug 10, 2023
Nick Wilson, Chandler Hall, Allison Jordan
Cash bail reform is a critical step to ensuring a safe and equitable pretrial process.
Aug 9, 2023
Forward-thinking state and local policymakers should continue to take action to improve the employment outcomes of 18- to 24-year-olds reentering their communities.
Jun 27, 2023
The Department of Transportation’s Safe Streets for All program can be leveraged to support community-level innovation in roadway safety efforts, including by rethinking traffic enforcement strategies to improve the physical and psychological safety of Black drivers and others on the road.
Jun 14, 2023
In addition to efforts from state and federal lawmakers, schools and communities have a critical role to play in addressing school gun violence through prevention and intervention approaches.
Jun 6, 2023
Allie Pearce, Akilah Alleyne
Akua Amaning writes about why federal policymakers should pass clean slate legislation.
Apr 29, 2023
Rasheed’s story sheds light on the barriers that so many young adults face when returning to their communities and the opportunities that second chance policies give to young adults who are looking to enter the labor market.
Apr 27, 2023
Akua Amaning, Allie Preston, David Ballard, 6 More
Marina Zhavoronkova, Andrew Sonntag, Hai-Lam Phan, Ala Al Sadi, Toni Pandolfo, Madalyn Reagan
St. Cyr's story illustrates the need for supportive reentry services for formerly incarcerated individuals who face barriers to accessing employment due to exclusionary policies.
Apr 20, 2023
Akua Amaning, Allie Preston, David Ballard, 5 More
Marina Zhavoronkova, Andrew Sonntag, Hai-Lam Phan, Toni Pandolfo, Ala Al Sadi
To facilitate the successful reentry of justice-involved citizens, the United States must bolster its federal, state, and local renter protections and build strong transitional housing programs.
Apr 17, 2023
Second chance policies help returning citizens access education, workforce training, and other wraparound services to prepare for success in the labor market and build long-term financial stability.
Apr 5, 2023
Young adults reentering communities after incarceration face many barriers to finding stable work, but forward-thinking policies can lead to better employment outcomes and safer communities.
Mar 16, 2023
Marina Zhavoronkova, Allie Preston, Justin Schweitzer, 1 More
Many young adults re-entering communities after incarceration face institutional barriers to reaching their employment goals—and policymakers can and should take action to help them.
Marina Zhavoronkova, Allie Preston, Justin Schweitzer, 2 More
Akua Amaning, Arohi Pathak
Patrick Gaspard partners with Color of Change's Rashad Robinson and the Vera Institute of Justice's Nicholas Turner to discuss the dangers of traffic stops for Black motorists and to urge leaders at the federal, state, and local levels to seek solutions.
Mar 13, 2023
Patrick Gaspard, Rashad Robinson , Nicholas Turner
The killing of Tyre Nichols at the hands of police in Memphis has focused the national attention on the dangers of driving while Black in America and the urgent need for police reform that fulfills the promise of public safety.
Feb 10, 2023
Rachael Eisenberg, Brandon Tucker, Hadi Sedigh
The economy; democracy and the courts; and community safety and gun violence are expected to be at center stage as President Biden prepares to address the nation during his second State of the Union address.
Feb 3, 2023
Kiera Manser, Rose Khattar, Ben Olinsky, 1 More
In the second installment in a three-part series on Tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), the Center for American Progress and American Indian College Fund look at Leech Lake Tribal College’s law enforcement degree program and the college’s work on cultural revitalization and basic needs insecurity.
Dec 15, 2022
Marcella Bombardieri, Dina M. Horwedel
New CAP analysis highlights how the nation’s failed experiment with mass incarceration and overcriminalization strips wealth from families and widens the racial wealth gap.
Dec 13, 2022
Christian E. Weller, Akua Amaning, Rebecca Vallas
The cash bail status quo harms community safety through its effects on health, economic stability, employment, familial relationships, and housing.
Nov 3, 2022
A new research study finds no evidence linking progressive prosecutors to rising crime in major cities.
Oct 26, 2022
Rachael Eisenberg, Allie Preston
With the help of funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, governments are expanding their public safety strategies to invest in community responder programs that reduce reliance on law enforcement and provide communities with meaningful emergency management support.
Oct 12, 2022
Community violence intervention programs are a critical part of a comprehensive approach to reduce the impact of rising gun violence on youth and in U.S. communities.
Oct 11, 2022
Terrell Thomas, Rachael Eisenberg
Reform to cash bail and pretrial practices promotes public safety and decreases harm for those who are arrested.
Sep 19, 2022
Allie Preston, Rachael Eisenberg
With the support of funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, state governments are expanding their public safety strategies to invest in proven crime reduction strategies that go beyond traditional law enforcement efforts to support communities at risk of violence.
Aug 15, 2022
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