- Can we get our society to begin to acknowledge the cruelty, the barbarism of these institutions and what that means and what that says about us?
- Hopelessness' Is the Enemy of Justice
- Part 1: 8 Facts You Should Know About the Criminal Justice System and People of Color
- Get These Killer Cops Off the Streets
- Part 2: Dean Strang Interviews Bryan Stevenson, An "Exceptional" Trial Lawyer
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Part 1: 8 Facts You Should Know About the Criminal Justice System and People of Color
The nation’s criminal justice system is broken.
Jamal Hagler, Think Progress
Madison, Wisconsin, Mayor Paul Soglin (D) addresses a crowd of protestors on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Madison on March 9, 2015, during a protest of the shooting death of Tony Robinson. Source: AP/Andy Manis
Thursday, May 28, 2015 | The nation’s criminal justice system is broken. People of color, particularly African Americans and Latinos, are unfairly targeted by the police and face harsher prison sentences than their white counterparts. Given the nation’s coming demographic shift, in which there will be no clear racial or ethnic majority by 2044, the United States cannot afford for these trends to continue. Not only could the money spent on mass incarceration—$80 billion in 2010—be put to better use, but the consequences for people who become entangled in the criminal justice system are also lifelong, leading to barriers to employment and housing, among many other things.
The shocking deaths at the hands of police in New York City; Ferguson, Missouri; North Charleston, South Carolina; and Baltimore, to name a few, have awakened the nation to the criminal justice system’s disparate impact on people of color. Tensions have flared throughout the country as news stories about how people of color are targeted and mistreated have come to light. As Americans reflect on the devastating recent events and as momentum builds to reform the U.S. criminal justice system, it is important to take note of the many ways in which the current system disproportionately affects people of color and creates significant barriers to opportunity for people with criminal records. Consider the following eight facts:
Jamal Hagler is the Special Assistant for Progress 2050 at the Center for American Progress.
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Get These Killer Cops Off the Streets, Scott Roberts, ColorOfChange.org
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Part 2: Dean Strang Interviews Bryan Stevenson, An "Exceptional" Trial Lawyer
'Hopelessness' Is the Enemy of Justice
Dean A. Strang, Progressive
Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader/contributor Charlie Bloss for this contribution.
Photo of Bryan Stevenson by Nina Subin
December 28, 2015 | Most trial lawyers engage, daily, with the emotions and vices that underlie human conflict—anger, jealousy, greed, spite. Some do more than engage: They adopt these vices. Bryan Stevenson is the rare exception. He has dedicated his life to healing anger and fear, and bringing light to the darkest corners of our criminal justice system.
Harvard graduate, MacArthur fellow, and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson is vibrantly bright and thoughtful. He exudes hope. He lives much of his life among the dispossessed and hopeless.
Dean A. Strang is a criminal defense lawyer in Madison, Wisconsin. He is the author of Worse Than the Devil: Anarchists, Clarence Darrow, and Justice in a Time of Terror (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013)
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