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Kim Kardashian West Isn’t the Only Celebrity Speaking Out for Prison Reform
May 25, 2019
Nipsey Hussle and Meek Mill (courtesy photo) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kim Kardashian West isn’t the only celebrity speaking out for prison reform. It’s a topic that was also very important to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, ... read more »
Attorneys for Unarmed Black Gay Homeless Youth Fatally Shot in Walgreens by Armed Security Guard Announce Lawsuit
May 22, 2019
Courtesy Photo During a Tuesday morning press conference in Los Angeles, attorneys representing the family of Jonathan Hart announced a wrongful death civil rights lawsuit had been filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Walgreens, ... read more »
Pot ‘Legalization 2.0’: Social Equity Becomes a Key Question
May 20, 2019
Courtesy Photo NEW YORK (AP) — Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities. ... read more »
Congressman Elijah E. Cummings Introduce the Promoting Re-entry through Education in Prisons Act
May 15, 2019
Congressman Elijah E. Cummings Washington, D.C. –  Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07) and Congresswoman Madeleine Dean (PA-04) introduced the Promoting Reentry through Education in Prisons (PREP) Act.   ... read more »
WATCH: Kamala Harris: We are Seeing a Breakdown of Responsibilities
May 13, 2019
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) talks to CNN’s Jake Tapper about whether she believes the United States is experiencing a constitutional crisis. ... read more / watch video »
Black Teens Receive 11 Life Sentences in Crime Where No One Was Hurt
May 9, 2019
A 2012 Human Rights Watch report noted that the state of California had de facto sentenced 301 people to die in its prisons for crimes they committed when they were under the age of 18. ... read more »
Nadler & Bass Express Concerns on DOJ’s Selection of the Hudson Institute to Host First Step Act Independent Review Committee
April 24, 2019
  Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Chairwoman Karen Bass (D-CA) released a joint statement on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) National Institute of Justice (NIJ) selection of the Hudson Institute to host the Independent Review Committee (IRC) required under the First Step Act: “On April 8, ... read more »
Cummings, Booker Introduce New Pathways Act, Legislation to Ease the Barriers to Re-Entry for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals
April 24, 2019
Washington, D.C.  –  Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), in recognition of Second Chance Month, introduced legislation to ease the barriers to re-entry for formerly incarcerated individuals.   ... read more »
LA Man Wounded Alongside Nipsey Hussle Released from Custody
April 21, 2019
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a man arrested on a parole violation after being wounded in the Los Angeles shooting that killed Nipsey Hussle has been released from jail. ... read more »
Rep. Barbara Lee and Bipartisan Group Introduce Legislation to Improve Reentry and Economic Growth by Restoring Pell Grants for Incarcerated Individuals
April 17, 2019
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), Rep. French Hill (R-AR), and Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) introduced landmark legislation to strengthen successful reentry and economic growth by restoring Pell Grant eligibility for incarcerated individuals. ... read more »
Rep. Barbara Lee and Bipartisan Group Introduce Legislation to Improve Reentry and Economic Growth by Restoring Pell Grants for Incarcerated Individuals
April 10, 2019
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), Rep. French Hill (R-AR), and Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) introduced landmark legislation to strengthen successful reentry and economic growth by restoring Pell Grant eligibility for incarcerated individuals. ... read more »
Kamala Harris Joins Colleagues to Reintroduce Bill to Stop Trump Administration from Detaining and Shackling Pregnant Women
March 6, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined her colleagues to reintroduce the Stop Shackling and Detaining Pregnant Women Act. The legislation would protect the health and safety of pregnant women and youth by reinstituting the presumption of release of pregnant women and youth in immigration detention, ... read more »
UPDATE: California AG Won’t Charge Officers Who Killed Stephon Clark
March 5, 2019
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s attorney general said Tuesday that he won’t charge two Sacramento police officers who fatally shot an unarmed black man last year, ... read more »
Rev. Sharpton Reacts To The Stephon Clark Case
March 5, 2019
Rev. Al Sharpton reacts to the case against Betty Shelby being dropped in the unlawful death of Stephon Clark. ... read more »
California AG to Announce Whether His Office will File Criminal Charges Against Two Police Officers who Shot and Killed Stephon Clark
March 5, 2019
  California Attorney General Xavier Becerra spoke with reporters Monday morning about Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert’s decision to not file criminal charges against the police officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark. ... read more »
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