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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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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 cash bail status quo harms community safety through its effects on health, economic stability, employment, familial relationships, and housing.
Nov 3, 2022
Cash bail practices undermine the presumption of innocence in the criminal legal system and lead to racially and economically disparate outcomes.
Jul 6, 2022
Allie Preston, Rachael Eisenberg
The commercial bail industry perpetuates unjust cash bail systems and relies on egregious practices to protect its bottom line.
There is no evidence linking bail reform to the rising rates of violent crime in the United States.
Jun 23, 2022
Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion on actions taken by the Biden administration to center racial equity in the federal government and the policies and path forward to bend the arc of racial justice toward equity in the years ahead.
Feb 17, 2022
Students returning home from juvenile detention centers deserve support to reintegrate into their communities, especially during the pandemic.
Dec 6, 2021
Jurisdictions can take several steps to eliminate the financial barriers imposed by fines and fees, which would help system-impacted individuals clear their records and reenter society.
Nov 30, 2021
Gus Tupper, Akua Amaning, Jaboa Lake
Lawmakers should slow down the legislative process and get more information before voting on new criminal offenses.
Jul 6, 2020
Lea Hunter, Ed Chung
The power of commutations is a ready-made tool to save lives, but officials need to actually use it.
May 1, 2020
Ed Chung, Lea Hunter
A growing number of prosecutors are shifting away from an overly punitive vision of safety and justice and toward alternatives to incarceration that promote equitable and prevention-oriented responses within the criminal justice system.
Mar 19, 2020
Cash bail criminalizes poverty, fuels mass incarceration, and disproportionately affects communities of color. States and localities are increasingly pursuing opportunities for reform.
Mar 16, 2020
The private prison industry is benefiting from Trump administration policies to expand detention and increase profits.
Aug 30, 2019
The Trump administration’s record on criminal justice issues makes clear that the president is no reformer.
Jun 20, 2019
This week, Daniella and Ed talk with Emily Bazelon, staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, and Rachel Barkow, professor at the New York University School of Law, about how to end mass incarceration through comprehensive criminal justice reform.
May 2, 2019
Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Kyle Epstein, 1 More
Congress has the opportunity to repeal the ban on Pell Grants and breathe fresh air into higher education programs inside of state and federal prisons.
Apr 18, 2019
Brent J. Cohen
Lawmakers who are considering what should follow the FIRST STEP Act, the federal sentencing and prison reform effort, must begin by reversing the infrastructure that the 1994 federal crime bill created.
Mar 26, 2019
Ed Chung, Betsy Pearl, Lea Hunter
This infographic serves as a visual representation of the FIRST STEP Act’s prison reform provisions.
Dec 18, 2018
Ed Chung, Bill Rapp, Maritza Perez, 1 More
While the Center for American Progress supports the FIRST STEP Act, passing the bill in Congress will be easier than counting on the Trump administration to implement it.
Nov 20, 2018
There is a dire need for smart sentencing reform—particularly for women and mothers who are trapped in prison for economic crimes.
Jun 29, 2018
Maritza Perez, Andrew Satter, Jasmine Hardy
Michele and Igor sit down with James Forman Jr., a public defender and author, and discuss the touch-on-crime policies that resulted in disproportionate numbers of black men in prison.
Jun 7, 2018
Michele L. Jawando, Igor Volsky, Sally Tucker, 1 More
The Trump administration’s rhetorical support for reforming America’s prisons is contradicted by its policies to incarcerate more people for longer periods of time.
Mar 23, 2018
Federal and state funding should support and expand prison education if the United States hopes to reduce its rapidly growing prison population.
Mar 2, 2018
We pursue climate action that meets the crisis’s urgency, creates good-quality jobs, benefits disadvantaged communities, and restores U.S. credibility on the global stage.
Democracy is under attack at home and abroad. We must act to ensure it is accessible to all, accountable, and can serve as a force of good.
Economic growth must be built on the foundation of a strong and secure middle class so that all Americans benefit from growth.
We apply a racial equity lens in developing and advancing policies that aim to root out entrenched systemic racism to ensure everyone has an opportunity to thrive.
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