Criminal Justice Reform News

Immigrant Advocates, Speaker Mark-Viverito to OCA: Stop ICE Raids at Local Courthouses

New York City – LatinoJustice, The Legal Aid Society and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Member Rory Lancman joined with defender and legal services organizations, domestic violence and victims services advocates, community groups and stakeholders today at City Hall calling on New York State’s Chief Judge Janet Difiore and the Office of Court Administration to implement policies immediately to stop Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) courthouse raids that have proliferated under the Trump Administration and escalated in recent weeks.

El Color De La Justicia - The New Jim Crow

El Color de la Justicia is the Spanish version of the New York Times bestseller The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, about race and mass incarceration in the United States. The book from professor Michelle Alexander, which has sold over a million copies, has enormous relevant for Latinos/as. This edition includes a new introduction from Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel at LatinoJustice, which analyzes thh relationship between Latinos/as and the criminal justice system in the United States throughout the years.

Westchester Activists Urge DA to Create Special Unit to Serve Immigrant Community

LatinoJustice PRLDEF, the Hudson Valley Community Coalition and the Westpac Foundation have sent a letter to Westchester District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino urging him to create an Office of Immigrant Affairs to better serve Latina/o/x’s and other immigrant residents in the lower Hudson Valley.

National Experts on Latinos & Criminal Justice Reform will Convene in Orlando

More than 30 scholars, reformers, activist, lawyers and policy analysts will gather in Orlando on April 18-19 to discuss issues around Latinos and the criminal justice system. The free, open-to-the-public convening will cover topics such as the death penalty, felon disenfranchisement, bail reform, drug policy, and ICE raids and detainers.

LatinoJustice Urges NYS Chief Judge to Stop ICE agents from Stalking Immigrants in Courthouses

Allowing immigration agents to stalk and arrest undocumented immigrants in courthouses undermines the judicial system and results in “separating children from parents, breaking up families who have lived together for decades,” and could cut off many immigrants from legal representation, according to a letter sent from LatinoJustice PRLDEF to New York State Chief Justice Hon. Janet DeFore.

LatinoJustice supports the creation and Strengthening of a Criminal Justice Reform task force in Florida

On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, and Florida Council of Churches, we are writing to express our support for Senate Bill 458 (S.B. 458) introduced by Senator Jeff Brandes (R-24) and Senator Darryl Ervin Rouson (D-19) and to offer recommendations for the Senate Appropriations Committee to consider.

NATIONAL LATINO LEADERS: SCRAP FEDERAL PROGRAM THAT DEPUTIZES POLICE AS IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT AGENTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of 46 of the nation’s most preeminent Latino advocacy organizations, calls on the federal government to end the 287(g) program, which permits the federal government to deputize inadequately trained state and local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration law. In a resolution adopted by NHLA’s board, the coalition also committed itself to a campaign to discourage local and state jurisdictions from entering into 287(g) agreements with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and to instead adopt community trust policies that strengthen the relationships among local law enforcement, city officials, and immigrant residents and their families.

The Independent Commission Studying Rikers Island Outlines Plan to Close Jail Facilities on Rikers Island

NEW YORK, NY - The Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform, which included LatinoJustice President and General Counsel Juan Cartagena, joined by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito – who convened the Commission in early 2016 – Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, advocates, and formerly incarcerated individuals and family members, outlined a detailed, achievable plan to permanently close Rikers Island and establish of five state-of-the-art borough-based jail facilities. The Commission’s recommendation to close Rikers were detailed in its final report released on Friday, following more than a year of in-depth research and extensive community outreach.

LATINO LEADERS APPLAUD DECISION BY STATE ATTORNEY AYALA TO NO LONGER PURSUE THE DEATH PENALTY IN FUTURE CASES

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of 40 of the nation’s preeminent Latino advocacy organizations which includes LatinoJustice and Hispanic Federation, stands firm with the decision of Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala to no longer pursue the death penalty in future cases. This decision comes at a critical time, as Florida recently approved a bill that reinstates the death penalty after its use was put on hold following the Hurst v. Florida verdict. With this reinstatement, State Attorney Ayala’s decision is of utmost importance in developing criminal justice reforms that provide for a more humane and fair criminal justice system.

LJP Update: Vigil for Immigrant Mom, Response to Miami Concerns regarding Federal Funding, and more

In this week's LJP Update you can find out more about why our legal team went to Baltimore in response to a possible ICE deportation as well as what we are doing to support activist who are working to reinstate Sanctuary Policies.

Statement of Juan Cartagena President & General Counsel On the Florida Supreme Court Hearing On the Review of a State Constitutional Referendum To Restore Voting Rights to People with Past Felony Convictions

This morning the Florida Supreme Court held oral arguments on a request by the Florida Attorney General for an advisory opinion from the Supreme Court on a proposed constitutional amendment to restore voting rights to hundreds of thousands of Floridians with prior felony convictions upon completion of the terms of their sentences. The referendum to amend Florida’s constitution and reverse felon disfranchisement in that State (with exceptions for convictions for murder or sexual offenses) is a major step in aligning Florida with many other states in the country who restore voting rights upon completion of criminal sentences.

Faith and Immigrant-Rights Advocates Held Vigil Outside of Maryland Mother of Four’s ICE Check-In

BALTIMORE (FEBRUARY 27, 2017) - Faith and immigrant-rights advocates will hold a vigil and press conference at 11 a.m. Monday, February 27, in front of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Baltimore office as we await the outcome of a decision that could rip a mother of four away from her family.

Faith and Immigrant Advocates Hold Vigil for Immigrant Mom

BALTIMORE (FEBRUARY 27, 2017) - Faith and immigrant-rights advocates will hold a vigil and press conference at 11 a.m. Monday, February 27, in front of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Baltimore office as we await the outcome of a decision that could rip a mother of four away from her family.

LatinoJustice PRLDEF Statement on the Detention of DREAMER Daniel Ramirez Medina

LatinoJustice PRLDEF denounces the detention by ICE of Daniel Ramirez Medina during a home raid at his father’s home in Seattle. All reports to date indicate that Mr. Ramirez Medina was detained unlawfully notwithstanding his having reported his DACA deferred action status and concurrent employment authorization.

Re-entry and Legal Advocates File Amicus Brief with U.S. Supreme Court

“Over 70 million Americans, nearly a third of the entire civilian workforce have some form of criminal history record today,” notes Juan Cartagena, President & General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF. “Excessive policing and policies that focus on minor nonviolent offenses have exacerbated this problem especially for black and Latino communities but in all marginalized communities of the country. Best practices show that this focus does not promote public safety and the consequences in the labor market are devastating because of employment background checks. Judge Gleeson’s decision to order the expungement in this case is an important judicial check on abuse of authority in the co-branches of government.”

Settlement Will End Unconstitutional NYPD Stops, Frisks and Arrests in Clean Halls Buildings

Civil rights groups announced a settlement today with the NYPD that will reform the program under which police officers patrol inside thousands of private apartment buildings across New York City. Under the settlement with the New York Civil Liberties Union, The Bronx Defenders, LatinoJustice PRLDEF and the law firm of Shearman & Sterling in the federal class-action case Ligon v. City of New York, the NYPD must comply with clear standards limiting stops, frisks and arrests of people in buildings enrolled in the program. The NYPD must also train and supervise officers involved in this enforcement activity, tighten standards for building participation in the program, submit to years of monitoring, and pay nearly a quarter million dollars to the lead plaintiffs in the case. The federal court in Manhattan must still approve the settlement.

LatinoJustice President Juan Cartagena Statement Opposing Judge Gorsuch Nomination as Supreme Court Justice

The nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court cannot be assessed simply by looking at his judicial record – a record that apparently shows that he has antipathy for plaintiffs who seek to expand civil rights protections to be more inclusive of our diverse society, that he will likely side with business interests over workers’ rights, and that he may imperil women’s rights and reproductive rights. Indeed, as an extremely conservative jurist his record is alarming to many of us who recognize the impact of nominating a person of his relatively young age to the highest court.

LJP Update: President's Address, Oscar Lopez Rivera Pardon and more

During the President's Address, Juan outlined the civil rights battles that LatinoJustice will focus on in 2017. Then, after year's of advocacy, Oscar Lopez Rivera was pardoned by President Obama. These updates and more in this week's #LJPUpdate

Obama’s Hesitation To Free An Elderly Political Prisoner Is Shameful

The police officer who shot and killed Philando Castille in Minnesota, Jeronimo Yanez, was Latino. That shooting added to the narrative of yet another white officer killing a black man. In Dallas one police officer killed with four others by Micah Johnson, was also Latino, Mexican-American Patrick Zamarripa.

President Obama Pardons Puerto Rican Activist Oscar López Rivera

After 36 years in prison, Puerto Rican activist Oscar López Rivera was pardoned by President Obama just days before leaving office. Rivera, whose pardon has been advocated by LatinoJustice PRLDEF, hundreds of organizations, activists, world leaders and Pope Francis will be released from federal prison within the next four months.

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