Criminal Justice Reform
Glenn Martin, a former Rikers inmate and advocate for criminal justice reform, has continually made the effort to have Rikers Island closed.
Elliott Earl Williams' tragic death in an Oklahoma jail cell represents a damning indictment of the criminal justice system's treatment of not just Black men, but the mentally ill and U.S. veterans.
The 49ers quarterback donated his sneaker collection to orphanages and homeless shelters in the San Francisco Bay area.
Keith Lamont Scott was shot in the back, the abdomen and the wrist by officers from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
President Obama commuted the sentences of 102 nonviolent federal drug offenders. The president plans to continue commuting the sentences of low-level offenders until his term ends.
"For too long policy makers have chosen to play politics with prime-policy by enacting so-called tough on crime slogans and soundbites." – Congressman Bobby Scott
The bill will be introduced to the Senate and if it passes, will be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Davontae Sanford, 23, who served close to nine years in prison for a quadruple homicide, left prison in Ionia, Michigan, Wednesday.
Underscoring his calls for criminal justice reform, President Barack Obama on Friday commuted the prison sentences of 42 people who were locked up as non-violent drug offenders, reports AFP. The harsh prison terms were doled out under “outdated and unduly harsh sentencing laws,” the White House said in a statement. Most were “small-time drug dealers […]
Forty-one-year-old Aitabdel Salem, a native of Algeria, spent five months on New York's Rikers Island because, uhm, officials failed to tell him that bail was set at $2.