Criminal Justice Reform News

LJP Update: Announcing 2016 Gala Honorees, Supporting the End of “Prison Gerrymandering” and more

We are excited to announce our 2016 Gala Honorees! Make sure you get your tickets soon! You can also read about how we are challenging how the Census counts people who are incarcerated.

Encarcelación privatizada

El anuncio reciente del Departamento de Justicia sobre la eliminación de todo contrato con empresas privadas que manejan cárceles porque que la taza de abuso y violencia contra prisioneros en esos centros es más alta que en cárceles manejadas por el gobierno ha tenido un efecto inmediato.

50 años esperando una traducción precisa

En 1966 la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos decidió el caso de Miranda v. Arizona en el área de derecho criminal. Interrogatorios de personas acusadas de crímenes en esos entonces utilizaban intimidación psicológica y/o física. La meta de la policía era procurar una confesión del delito para comprobar el crimen.

Después de Bratton

Es fácil confundir el legado de un líder con el legado de la institución que dirige. Si medimos el legado del Comisionado Bill Bratton según los criterios de su profesión ha sido todo un éxito. Trabajó dos veces en la ciudad de Nueva York y una vez en Los Ángeles. El índice de crímenes en Nueva York ha disminuido a niveles históricos. No en balde su decisión de alejarse ahora de una administración que pronto empieza una campaña electoral. Y si medimos éxito como se mide todo en este país – por dinero – el ahora Sr. Bratton es capaz de ganarse un dineral.

LJP Update: Announcing 2016 Gala Honorees, Right to Know Act in NYC Council and more

We are excited to announce our 2016 Gala Honorees! Make sure you get your tickets soon! We also have legal updates on the Right To Know Act, Racial bias in jury selection and more!

Populous, Multi-Racial And Ignored: Latinos And Police Shootings

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.

Luchamos por la justicia, no asesinatos

En Dallas, Texas, cinco miembros de la policía fueron asesinados en un motín que empezó pacíficamente para denunciar la muerte de dos afro-americanos por la policía unos días anteriores.

LatinoJustice apoya a quienes promueven una reforma policial que diga “Promovemos justicia, no asesinato”

Anoche en Dallas, Texas cinco miembros de la policía fueron asesinados en un motín que empezó pacíficamente para denunciar la muerte de dos Afro-Americanos por la policía unos días anterior.

We Cannot Continue To Live Like This

We live in a place that relies on foreign newspapers to tell us how many black and brown persons are killed at the hands of police.

Statement from Juan Cartagena on the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille

We live in a place that relies on foreign newspapers to tell us how many black and brown persons are killed at the hands of police.

Why Latinos Should Invest in Sentencing Reform

Partisan gridlock has halted many important policies from becoming realities. One of the promising policies, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015, is currently stalled in the Senate. If enacted, the legislation will have a colossal effect on Latinxs. Once incarcerated, Latinxs face limited economic opportunity, family trauma, turmoil, and deportation — consequences that do not in any way reflect reasonable punishment for the often minor infractions that occur.

LJPUpdate: Meet Jessica Gonzalez, an LJP Trailblazer; DACA recipients can apply for professional licenses and more

Meet Jessica Gonzalez, a #LatinaTrailblazer who advocates for the reproductive rights of Latinas around the country. Then, hear about a recent update that helps DACA recipients work in New York. This and much more in this week's #LJPUpdate.

LJPUpdate: Meet Daisy, an LJP Trailblazer, Central American Refugee Rights and more

Meet Daisy M. Auger-Dominguez, a #LatinaTrailblazer who is blazing a trail for Latinas in the tech world. Then, we challenge the deportation procedures being used for Central Americans who are fleeing violence in the Northern Triangle. This and much more in this week's #LJPUpdate.

LJP Update: Join our SE Reception, Unveiling a Public Policy Agenda for 2016 and more

Still time to sign up for our SE Inaugural reception and honor the contributions to social justice of the 2016 LatinoJustice Southeast Regional Awards honorees. You can also find out more about an amicus we filed in the SCOTUS case that will address President Obama's executive action on immigration. Find out this and much more in this week's #LJPUpdate.

LatinoJustice PRLDEF Criticizes DA Plea Bargain and Sentence of Sgt. Greene

In one of the biggest hate crime prosecutions in the history of New York State, affecting 26 Latino victims of multiple acts of larceny and racial profiling by a uniformed member of the Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD), the Suffolk County District Attorney today failed to recommend a minimum set criminal term of imprisonment against defendant SCPD Sgt. Scott Greene.

Long Island Police Reform Group Decries Verdict in the Sgt. Greene Trial

Long Island advocates are calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the Suffolk County Police Department (“SCPD”) after jurors found SCPD Sergeant Scott Greene not guilty on most of the charges related to targeting Latino drivers and robbing them of money. Many advocates are now calling for the DOJ to take control over Suffolk’s police force.

LJP Update: Urging Supreme Court to Protect Executive Action on Immigration, End of the Year Giving and More

LJP Update: We filed an Amicus Brief Urging the Supreme Court to protect President's Executive Action on Immigration and make sure that it is addressed in this cycle. As we wrap up the year we also encourage you to donate to LatinoJustice so we can keep advocating for rights of Latinos in the court.

Thanksgiving message and News from LatinoJustice

That #LJPFamilia wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving. We also recap some major LatinoJustice news such as a national convening of Latinos leaders to discuss the role of Latinos in the Criminal Justice System.

LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and the Drug Policy Alliance to Strategize on Drug Policy and Criminal Justice Reforms

LatinoJustice PRLDEF, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) and the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) will convene a roundtable discussion on Latinos and the Criminal Justice System in Washington, D.C. this week. The meeting will be attended by some of the nation’s leading national Latino organizations, including MALDEF, LULAC, NCLR, and the Hispanic Federation, among many others.

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