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  • Melissa Garlick
    Melissa Garlick
  • Annie Chen
    Annie Chen
October 29, 2020

Series: Target 2020

The Tipping Point for Universal Representation for Immigrants

With attacks on the safety and dignity of immigrant communities ramping up ahead of Election Day, the threats and injustices they face have reached a tipping point. Immigrants have already been confronted with the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pande ...

  • Lester Young
October 28, 2020

I Didn’t Care about Voting until My Incarceration Showed Me How Much it Matters

Growing up, politics wasn’t at the top of the list of things I was interested in. My parents never discussed the importance of voting with me or my siblings, and it wasn’t a priority among my peers either. We talked mainly about working drug corners or what “h ...

  • Dyjuan Tatro
    Dyjuan Tatro
October 26, 2020

Felony Disenfranchisement Suppresses the Votes of Black and Latinx Americans

I was released from New York State prison, after 12 years, in August 2017. Over the course of the next year, I finished a degree, found a job, paid taxes, and became an active member of my community. But I couldn’t vote. Felony disenfranchisement had stripped ...

  • Jonathan, SAFE Client
October 16, 2020

I Was Sure I Would Be Deported Until an Attorney Informed Me of My Rights

People facing deportation have no right to legal counsel and must face the federal government alone in court if they cannot afford a lawyer. Many immigrants who are eligible to remain in the United States are expelled from the country simply because they lack ...

  • Annie Chen
    Annie Chen
October 15, 2020

Universal Representation Advances Racial Equity for Immigrants Facing Deportation

As communities across the country continue to rise up to defend Black lives, the need to dismantle systemic racism—intrinsic to both the U.S. immigration and criminal legal systems—has become clear. The same prejudices that pervade the criminal legal system ex ...

  • Barbara Owen
    Barbara Owen
October 02, 2020

Series: Addressing the Overuse of Segregation in U.S. Prisons and Jails

Women Face Unique Harms from Solitary Confinement

As with almost every other aspect of imprisonment, women have gender-specific experiences that lead to solitary confinement, also known as restrictive housing, special housing units (SHU), or segregation.

  • Jim Parsons
    Jim Parsons
  • Frankie Wunschel
    Frankie Wunschel
September 29, 2020

Changing Police Practices Means Changing 911

As the nation focuses on the deep, systemic problems with policing that have hindered public trust and undercut safety in many communities of color for decades, the operation of emergency response— specifically the 911 call-taking system—has come under increas ...

  • Margaret diZerega
    Margaret diZerega
September 29, 2020

Series: Target 2020

Voters in Battleground States Favor Restoring Pell Grants for People in Prison

For years, Vera and many of our partners from across the corrections, higher education, and criminal justice spectrum have been calling for the reinstatement of Pell Grant eligibility for students in prison. And for good reason. The Pell ban is a relic of the ...

  • 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."