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  • Kristi  DiLallo
    Kristi DiLallo
January 17, 2017

Series: Gender and Justice in America

How the Criminalization of Adolescence Fuels the School-to-Prison Pipeline

In her new play on the school-to-prison pipeline, Notes from the Field, actress and playwright Anna Deveare Smith reenacts interviews with 17 people from the education and criminal justice systems. The school-to-prison pipeline is a national trend in which chi...

  • Allison Hastings
    Allison Hastings
January 13, 2017

Lifting of Funding Restrictions Paves the Way for Incarcerated Survivors of Sexual Abuse to Access Victim Services

On December 31, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) published a summary of changes to the rules governing how victim service agencies can use Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) assistance funds. The rule changes, which went into e...

  • Laura Simich
    Laura Simich
  • Jacob  Kang-Brown
    Jacob Kang-Brown
December 20, 2016

Police and Communities Must Work Together to Support Victims of Hate Crimes

After the 2016 presidential election, unusually large numbers of children and adults all over the United States have reacted by expressing hate, bigotry, and racism, contrary to our best principles of equality. Hate crime has been unleashed—with swastikas pain...

  • Kristi  DiLallo
    Kristi DiLallo
December 12, 2016

Recent Wins on Marijuana Signal a Change in Drug Policy Nationally

This election season, many Americans overwhelmingly voted in favor of marijuana reform. California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada approved the legalization of recreational marijuana, while voters in Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota approved new medical ...

  • Kristi  DiLallo
    Kristi DiLallo
December 09, 2016

Understanding the Needs of Women in the Justice System

Last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a new series of prison reform initiatives, including a push to expand resources for incarcerated women.  The DOJ’s new plans suggest a shift in public understanding about the needs of incarcerated women, em...

  • Kathleen Culhane
    Kathleen Culhane
November 14, 2016

Innovative Reentry Practices for Incarcerated People Coming Home

For an incarcerated person, leaving prison can be both exhilarating and overwhelming: freedom is finally palpable. But, for over 700,000 people leaving prisons and jails annually, the pressure of finding a home is an immediate and paramount strain. The mark of...

  • Cymone  Fuller
    Cymone Fuller
  • Ryan Shanahan
    Ryan Shanahan
October 31, 2016

Tough on Kids and Their Families

Whenever a family member is incarcerated, the entire family suffers. The May issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (the ANNALS) features a series of articles that shed light on the effects of criminal justice policy on fam...

  • Jannette  Brickman
    Jannette Brickman
October 28, 2016

Victims of Domestic Violence Need Greater System Support

As October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes to an end, we can reflect on how far we’ve come since the early 1970s—when shelters gave women the option to leave abusive partners, but separation was considered the only viable option. Today, women who exp...

  • Krista Larson
    Krista Larson
October 17, 2016

Redefining Who Gets to be Called "Youth"

Every year, the President declares October National Youth Justice Awareness Month, and this year is no exception. On September 30, President Obama made the annual proclamation and gave the nation this charge: We must make sure youth in every community and fro...

  • Danielle Sered
    Danielle Sered
October 11, 2016

What We Lost

In early 2014, then newly-elected District Attorney Ken Thompson came to our office at Common Justice and sat with a group of program graduates, crime survivors, and community members from our advisory group. New to his job, his name not yet even on the wall a...

  • Fred Patrick
    Fred Patrick
October 03, 2016

Obama pushes to end solitary confinement; states lead the way

In an Op-Ed in The Washington Post, President Barack Obama condemned solitary confinement and announced sweeping changes to its use in federal prisons nationwide. On any given day in the U.S., as many as 100,000 people are estimated to be held...

  • Kindred Motes
    Kindred Motes
September 29, 2016

Game day injustice? Judges dole out harsher sentences after home team upset

As the consensus for criminal justice reform grows, Americans are beginning to hear more about the implicit biases that shape everything from juvenile sentencing to the high number of people—particularly low-income people of color—incarcerated in the country’s...