Criminal Justice Reform News

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.

LatinoJustice and DEMOS Release Framework and Recommendations to Empower State and Local Governments and Institutions to Provide Sanctuary for Immigrants

New York, NY – Demos and LatinoJustice PRLDEF released a report designed to equip state and local jurisdictions and institutions with much-needed guidance to establish community policies that welcome and protect immigrants. The report, titled “Sanctuary, Safety, and Community – Tools for Welcoming and Protecting Immigrants through Local Democracy,” is available in English and Spanish.

New Digital Feature Seeks to Measure Accuracy of Criminal Justice Data on Latinos

In an attempt to determine the amount of missing data that would be needed to help policymakers and advocates understand Latinos’ relationship to criminal justice, the Urban Institute has launched a new digital feature that seeks to address the lack of data available on Latinos in the criminal justice system.

LJP Update: Protecting Florida Voting Rights, Criminal Justice Convening and more!

In this LJP Update we focus on our work to protect the vote in Florida through Cada Voto Cuenta leading up to the 2016 Election. Then, we recap a convening we helped organize in collaboration with John Jay.

Haciendo visible lo invisible

Era un salón universitario donde los catedráticos se sienten cómodos. Activistas y abogados llegaron para amplificar perspectivas. Se habló de datos y estadísticas, de imágenes denigrantes en los medios y en el cine, de políticas gubernamentales. Todo para elevar las heridas hispanas sufridas por un sistema penal en este país que se analiza todavía en solo dos colores, blanco y negro.

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.

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