Tag: Criminal Justice Reform

Malcolm X

The 2 Men Falsely Charged With Killing Malcolm X 56 Years Ago To Be Officially Exonerated

In a historic decision that rewrites the history books, the criminal records of two men who were convicted in the 1965 assassination of Malcolm X are being cleared, confirming their long-held claims that they had no role in the tragic killing and were framed. Jennifer Peltz of the Associated Press…

marijuana, aclu, new jersey

ACLU Data Finds High Racial Disparities in New Jersey Marijuana-Related Arrests, Calls for Legalization

Though polls show most people in New Jersey agree that marijuana should be legalized, there has been an increase in marijuana arrests in the state in recent years, the ACLU of New Jersey’s most recent data reports. Out of these arrests, racial disparities between Black and white suspects are high….

Jeff Sessions Seeks to Revive War on Drugs

President Donald Trump deemed himself the “law and order” president, taking a “tough on crime” stance emphasized during his inaugural address in January that described the current state of America as a dystopian society. Trump’s newly appointed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was highly contested, is promoting his agenda…

Civil Rights, LGBT Pages Erased from White House Website

Within minutes of swearing to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, Donald Trump’s White House on Friday scrubbed all references to LGBT rights, deleted the civil rights page and erased any mention of climate change. Meanwhile, a new page, “Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community,”…

Ava DuVernay's '13th' Makes Comparison Between Slavery, Mass Incarceration

Director Ava DuVernay’s new documentary “13th” explores how mass incarceration in the United States, which disproportionately affects African Americans, reflects the injustice of slavery. DuVernay, who received an Academy Award nomination for “Selma” in 2014, said in an interview the film “may shake up everything you thought you already knew…

Department of Justice Putting an End to Private Prisons

Highly profitable private prisons, which aided in the increased incarceration of Blacks and Latinos due to racial disparities in sentencing, have been deemed highly unsafe. By Sheryl Estrada REUTERS The Department of Justice announced Thursday it will phase out its contracts with private prisons to “ensure that inmates are in…