Criminal Justice Reform News

LatinoJustice PRLDEF Calls on Department of Justice to Investigate the killing of Eric Garner

In the wake of a New York grand jury failing to indict a police officer in the death of a Staten Island man, LatinoJustice PRLDEF and a coalition of community advocates are urging the U.S. Department of Justice to undertake a full federal civil rights investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Eric Garner, and the New York Police Department’s use of force policies.

Statement of Juan Cartagena on Ferguson Verdict

The tragedy of Michael Brown's death, unarmed and shot by a member of the Ferguson police, is now followed by the tragic failure of the local courts to force the policeman to stand trial. This cannot stand without a measure of accountability. And on that score look no further than the prosecutor’s office.

Drogas: hipocresías repetidas

El anuncio del Alcalde De Blasio y el Comisionado de Policía Bratton de cambiar las prácticas de arrestos por la posesión de cantidades menores de marihuana es importantísimo en el desarrollo de mejores relaciones entre las comunidades latinas y afro-americanas y la policía...

Latino Community Calls on Federal Officials to Conduct A Full and Prompt Investigation into a Vicious Fatal Attack on Latinos and Suffolk Police’s Failure to Protect Latinos

The Department of Justice is being called upon to conduct a full investigation into the unsolved murder and vicious attack against two Latino men four years ago. LatinoJustice PRLDEF is also asking the US Department of Justice to investigate the Suffolk County Police Department’s inability to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Media Advisory: Press Conference- Latino Community Calls on Federal Officials to Conduct A Full and Prompt Investigation into a Vicious Fatal Attack on Latinos and Suffolk Police’s Failure to Protect Latino Community

WEDNESDAY, July 30th, Press Conference: The Long Island community calls on the Federal Government to complete a full investigation of the murder of Jose Sanchez, the failure of the Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD) to solve his death and demand accountability and oversight into the SCPD.

City Pledges to Drop Appeal of Stop and Frisk Cases

While Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that the city would take the legal steps necessary to drop its appeal of the various Stop and Frisk cases, there still remains work to be done to correct unconstitutional practices in the police department and restore confidence among Latino and Black citizens, according to LatinoJustice PRLDEF.

Appeals Court Block of Stop and Frisk Changes Sends Wrong message to NYPD

An appeals court’s hold on implementing reforms to the New York City Police Department’s controversial stop and frisk practices sends a dangerous message that the Department can continue its practice of targeting Black and Latino youth for stops, according to LatinoJustice PRLDEF.

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Jacob's Story

“I’m going home to my abuela’s this weekend; I hope I don’t get stopped….”

Unreasonable Suspicion

Unreasonable Suspicion

Community Safety Act

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I Was Stopped

In 2011, the NYCLU provided a detailed report of the NYPD's stop-and-frisk program detailing the methods, statistics and impact of Stop & Frisk in the Black and Latino community. The numbers were alarming and showed that Black and Latino young men were the primary target of this broken policy. Tell the NYPD that we will not stand for this. Help us stop the frisk by telling us your story.

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