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Criminal Justice System

The United States has the largest prison population of any developed country in the world. A disproportionate number of people in the nation’s prisons and jails are low-income, undereducated, low-level, nonviolent people of color with drug convictions. Our system of mass incarceration is due almost entirely to the War on Drugs and its disproportionate focus on low-income, people of color. The system must be reformed so that it is no longer racially and ethnically discriminatory and incorporates more alternatives to incarceration.

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Attorney General Holder Pursues Fairness in Crack Cocaine Cases

July 21, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Federal prosecutors will no longer charge crack cocaine defendants under a previous and more punitive law simply because their conduct predated the passage of the Fair Sentencing Act (FSA), Attorney General Eric Holder announced in a memorandum last week

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Justice Department: New Sentencing Law Should Apply to Some Imprisoned Crack Offenders

June 6, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has endorsed a limited form of retroactive application of sentencing guidelines designed to take into account the passage of the Fair Sentencing Act (FSA), which reduced the discriminatory sentencing disparity between powder cocaine and crack cocaine offenses.

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Civil Rights Groups Call for Retroactive Application of Guidelines for Cocaine Sentencing

May 25, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

A group of seven prominent national civil rights organizations that includes The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urging him to support the retroactive application of a new set of sentencing guidelines that accompany the implementation of the Fair Sentencing Act (FSA), which reduced the discriminatory sentencing disparity between crack cocaine and powder cocaine offenses.

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Supreme Court Orders California to Reduce Its Prison Population, Address Civil Rights Violations

May 24, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that overcrowding in California prisons, which has led to grossly unsanitary conditions and inadequate access to medical and mental health care, violates constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment.

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Report: Employers Discriminating Against Individuals with Criminal Records

March 28, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Employers are discriminating against millions of Americans with criminal records, according to a report from the National Employment Law Project (NELP).

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Department of Justice Investigation Reveals Racial, LGBT, and Gender-Biased Policing by the New Orleans Police Department

March 23, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Use of excessive force, racial and ethnic profiling, and under-enforcement of violence against women are just a few of several constitutional and federal law violations made by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), according to a report recently released by the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

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King Hearings Wrongfully Single Out American Muslims

March 10, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Civil and human rights groups again condemned today's anti-Muslim hearings in the House Committee on Homeland Security, chaired by Rep. Peter King, R. N.Y.

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Civil Rights Coalition Urges Cancellation of Anti-Muslim Hearings, Releases Report on Racial Profiling

March 8, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is calling on Rep. Peter King, R. N.Y., to cancel a hearing scheduled for Thursday on "radicalization of the American Muslim community and homegrown terrorists." The hearing is a "disservice to the seriousness of the topic of 'domestic terrorism,'" the coalition said.

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Report Addresses Race and Inequality in the Illinois Criminal Justice System

February 17, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

A report recently released by an Illinois state government commission examines the impact of state drug laws on minority communities and recommends possible solutions to the overrepresentation of Blacks and Latinos within the state criminal justice system.

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Report: Reduce Corrections Spending and Reincarceration

February 10, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

The Council of State Governments Justice Center recently released recommendations on lowering crime rates, reincarceration and corrections spending.

The National Summit on Justice Reinvestment and Public Safety focuses on providing solutions for a correctional system in crisis.  The U.S. prison and jail population reached a record 2.3 million in 2008.   More than seven million people, or one in every 31 Americans,  are under some form of correctional control, with rates substantially higher in minority populations.  Corrections spending is one of the fastest growing line items in state budgets, second only to medical care.  Despite this, rates of recidivism remain unchanged, with almost 40 percent of released prisoners returning to jail within three years. 

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