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  • 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 ...

    • Kica Matos
      Kica Matos
    • Shaina Aber
      Shaina Aber
    July 13, 2020

    Federal Immigration Enforcement Agencies Are a Threat to Our Civil Liberties

    This piece was written before recent confrontations between U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel and protestors in Portland, Oregon. Similar to the examples highlighted below, multiple news media outlets have since reported on the deployment of ...

    • Paul, a NYIFUP client
    July 09, 2020

    Series: Covid-19

    Without an attorney, I might still be confined in a detention facility with COVID-19

    People trapped in the United States’ massive immigration detention system have no right to legal counsel if they cannot afford it. Without attorneys, they stand little chance of navigating the complex and adversarial arena of immigration law to win their freed ...

    • Logan Schmidt
      Logan Schmidt
    • Micah  Haskell-Hoehl
      Micah Haskell-Hoehl
    July 07, 2020

    Series: Target 2020

    Data-Backed Outrage: Police Violence by the Numbers

    The United States and its thousands of law enforcement agencies have a historic opportunity to end our nation’s crisis of over-enforcement and over-criminalization. The worst abuses in policing—including killings of unarmed civilians—disproportionately affect ...

    • AJ Rio-Glick
      AJ Rio-Glick
    July 07, 2020

    COVID-19 Adds to Challenges for Trans People in California’s Prisons

    As the novel coronavirus has swept through U.S. jails and prisons, little attention has been focused on the needs and experiences of incarcerated transgender and gender-nonconforming (GNC) people. Fewer than 1 percent of adults in this country identify as tran ...

    • Marta Nelson
      Marta Nelson
    July 01, 2020

    A First Step in Mississippi toward Sentencing Reform and Fewer People in Prison

    On Sunday, after a concerted campaign reignited by protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death, Mississippi finally passed legislation to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag. This week, the state is poised to take another step toward addr ...

    • Kica Matos
      Kica Matos
    June 25, 2020

    DACAmented are Still Vulnerable—and the Fight Must Continue

    The Supreme Court’s decision to block the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program gave us reason to celebrate last week. It means that an estimated three-quarters of a million people who came here as children ...

    • Nicholas Turner
      Nicholas Turner
      June 18, 2020

      A Juneteenth Call to Action

      This year on Juneteenth, thousands of people are marching, braving the coronavirus pandemic—which has disproportionately affected Black people—to stand face-to-face with police and say: Enough is enough.