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  • Nicholas Turner
    Nicholas Turner
    September 22, 2020

    Series: Target 2020

    Justice is on the Ballot

    As voters, we have the power and responsibility to shape how justice is served in our communities. We elect federal leaders, district attorneys, mayors, local legislators, and sheriffs—leaders who shape how our communities ensure public safety and secure justi ...

    • Sarah Omojola
      Sarah Omojola
    September 14, 2020

    Divesting from Policing and Investing in New Orleans Youth

    City budgets are a moral statement of our priorities. Based on its 2020 budget, New Orleans prioritizes the policing and criminalization of its residents. Currently, more than 35 established police and security patrols are granted law enforcement powers by Lou ...

    • Kica Matos
      Kica Matos
    • Nana Gyamfi
      Nana Gyamfi
    September 09, 2020

    Centering Black Voices in the Struggle for Immigrant Rights

    On Juneteenth, Black Cameroonian asylum seekers made a video from a holding cell at the Pine Prairie Detention Center in Louisiana. The men had fled persecution in their homelands and sought refuge in America, only to be detained indefinitely in a facility in ...

    • Allen Burnett
    September 03, 2020

    Series: Unlocking Potential

    Transformed by Access to College in Prison

    "Access to postsecondary education can have transformative power, like it has in my life, and I hope everyone in America, including those in prison, can have this same opportunity."

    • Micah  Haskell-Hoehl
      Micah Haskell-Hoehl
    • Logan Schmidt
      Logan Schmidt
    September 02, 2020

    Series: Covid-19

    Policymakers Must Lift the Veil on COVID-19 in Jails and Prisons

    COVID-19 is raging through U.S. jails and prisons—places disproportionately populated by poor people and those from communities of color, especially Black and Latinx communities. In fact, the 15 largest COVID-19 clusters in the country are in jails and prisons ...

    • Erica Bryant
      Erica Bryant
    August 27, 2020

    Avoiding Deportation with the Help of Publicly Funded Counsel

    Ramon* was confused when he saw two strangers waiting for him in the visitation room of the facility where he had spent more than a year fearing deportation. One of them was Halinka Zolcik, a Prisoners’ Legal Service attorney working with the New York Immigran ...

    • Brandon Brown
    August 25, 2020

    Beyond the Statistics and into the Hearts of Incarcerated Students

    Despite the chaos going on in the world around COVID-19 and the fact that I remain incarcerated and more isolated from my family and loved ones than ever before, I woke up today feeling that life is good.

    • Brandon Brown
    August 10, 2020

    Series: Covid-19

    A View from the Inside

    In Maine, reports say that the state prison population has been cut by more than 8 percent in response to the novel coronavirus, that cleaning and sanitation has been ramped up, that people are being released “early” on a Supervised Community Confinement Progr ...

    • Akhi Johnson
      Akhi Johnson
      July 24, 2020

      What’s in a Name? A Small Step Prosecutors Can Take to Build a More Humane System

      Prosecutors are supposed to dehumanize people charged with crimes. That’s what we’re taught in law school. As my professor instructed, if you’re a prosecutor, always refer to the person accused as “the defendant.” Using “defendant” distances the judge or jury ...

      • William Snowden
        William Snowden
      July 20, 2020

      Series: Covid-19

      A New Vision for Justice in New Orleans

      In the face of adversity, the COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated one positive thing—that New Orleans can lock up fewer people in jail and still maintain public safety.

      • DACAmented Verans
        DACAmented Verans
      July 15, 2020

      DACA Was Never the End Goal: Liberation Is

      The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision on DACA—the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration law—impacted 650,000 young people, including us, four DACAmented Verans. We are relieved that the Court blocked efforts to end the program, leaving it intac ...

      • Margaret diZerega
        Margaret diZerega
      • George Chochos
        George Chochos
      July 14, 2020

      Series: Target 2020

      Postsecondary Education in Prison is a Racial Equity Strategy

      The recent protests against police violence have led to calls to divest from law enforcement and invest in communities of color. At the same time, college students across the county are grappling with how to safely pursue their education and what the implicati ...