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Sensible Policy, Not Smaller Handcuffs

Sensible Policy, Not Smaller Handcuffs

By Nicole Kief, ACLU & Jennifer Bellamy, Washington Legislative Office at 12:45pm
You may have heard recently about Dontadrian Bruce, the Mississippi high-school student who was almost expelled for holding up the number "3" with his fingers in a photo taken by his science teacher. Dontradian is number 3 on the football team – and despite his being an A/B student with no history of serious disciplinary problems, the school said he was making a gang sign.

From Filthy Boys Prison to New Beginnings: Hill Staffers Walk a Mile in Youthful Offenders' Shoes

By Jennifer Bellamy, Washington Legislative Office at 10:47am

Recently, the juvenile justice community organized a site visit to the Oak Hill Youth Center and the New Beginnings Youth Development Center in Laurel, Maryland, for key congressional staffers and staff in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency…

Three Faces of Racial Profiling: The Unfinished Business of the Civil Rights Movement

Three Faces of Racial Profiling: The Unfinished Business of the Civil Rights Movement

By Jennifer Bellamy, Washington Legislative Office at 1:48pm

Imagine that someone assumes that you are a criminal based on your race, religion or ethnicity and treats you like one. Take the case of the Latino students at Hoover High School in Los Angeles who were rounded up during lunch, detained for two…

Seeing Is Believing: Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Is Possible

Seeing Is Believing: Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Is Possible

By Jennifer Bellamy, Washington Legislative Office & Dan Zeidman, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:38pm

In 2009, Terry Collins, then Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, explained, “We are at a critical and urgent stage. If current trends continue, our research indicates the population will reach nearly 60,000 inmates by…

End Racial Profiling  Act Lobby Day: Bringing Real Stories to Washington

End Racial Profiling Act Lobby Day: Bringing Real Stories to Washington

By Jennifer Bellamy, Washington Legislative Office at 4:49pm
ACLU of Michigan Client Tiburcio Briceno (right) with Rep. Luis Gutierrez outside of hearing room. Briceno spoke at the press conference following the hearing and told the story…
The Dream Deferred

The Dream Deferred

By Jennifer Bellamy, Washington Legislative Office at 4:57pm
As the nation celebrates Black History Month, we continue to work to change how the story unfolds for people who live at the margins of our society — including our children.

Too Big to Ignore: Criminal Justice Reform Can't Wait

By Jennifer Bellamy, Washington Legislative Office at 9:45am

An enduring myth is that when an ostrich is afraid it will bury its head in the sand, thinking that if it cannot see, it cannot be seen. The truth is that an ostrich lowers its head when ready to fight. Ignoring a problem will not make it go away.

Criminal…

The National Sheriffs' Association Endorses Legislation Calling for Broad Examination of the Nation's Criminal Justice System

By Jennifer Bellamy, Washington Legislative Office at 5:45pm

The National Sheriffs' Association — one of the largest associations of law enforcement professionals in the United States, representing more than 3,000 elected sheriffs and a total membership of more than 20,000 —united with other…

The New Politics of Criminal Justice Reform

By Jennifer Bellamy, Washington Legislative Office at 2:01pm

On December 15, with new Republican majorities in 19 state legislatures and hundreds of newly elected lawmakers committed to spending cuts — I attended the launch of the Texas Public Policy Foundation's Right on Crime campaign. Right on …

A Path Forward to Criminal Justice Policy that Keeps us Safe and Reflects our Values

By Jennifer Bellamy, Washington Legislative Office at 3:48pm

Today, there are over 2.3 million men and women in prisons throughout the United States. We incarcerate more of our population than any country in the world, and the increased incarceration of offenders with drug offenses represents the most significant…

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