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Breaking the Addiction to Incarceration: Weekly Highlights

By Rebecca McCray, ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project at 1:28pm
Today, the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. Withover 2.3 million men and women living behind bars, our imprisonment rate is the highest it's ever been in U.S. history. And yet, our criminal justice system has failed on every count: public safety, fairness and cost-effectiveness. Across the country, the criminal justice reform conversation is heating up. Each week, we feature our some of the most exciting and relevant news in overincarceration discourse that we've spotted from the previous week. Check back weekly for our top picks.

The ACLU's 12-Step Plan to End California's Addiction to Incarceration

By Allen Hopper, ACLU of Northern California at 11:01am

The Golden State has a problem. An addiction problem. California is addicted to incarceration. We've hit rock bottom, and it's time for an intervention. To help the state break the addiction, yesterday the ACLU of California sent a 12-step…

Californians Say: Better Policies, Not More Prisons

By Inimai Chettiar, ACLU & Zoë Bunnell, ACLU at 2:03pm

The people of California are speaking and they’re saying that they don’t want any new prisons. A poll released this week by The Los Angeles Times and USC demonstrates what criminal justice reform advocates have been saying for years: people…

$4 Billion Since 1978 — Time to Cut California's Death Penalty

By James Clark, ACLU of Southern California at 5:39pm

The Los Angeles Times reports new data in a study to be released next week on California’s death penalty has revealed that the price tag for death is even higher than we thought: $4 billion since 1978. Put another way, we spend $184 million…

Trim Prison Spending, Reinvest in California’s Future with ACLU’s New Web Challenge

Trim Prison Spending, Reinvest in California’s Future with ACLU’s New Web Challenge

By Caitlin O'Neill, Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Associate, ACLU of Northern California at 2:52pm

Are there policy choices California’s legislators could make that would result in less incarceration spending and more education spending?

There absolutely are.  And we’re inviting you to make them.

Think Outside the…

Breaking the Addiction to Incarceration: Weekly Highlights

Breaking the Addiction to Incarceration: Weekly Highlights

By Alex Stamm, ACLU Center for Justice at 2:05pm

Today, the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. With over 2.3 million men and women living behind bars, our imprisonment rate is the highest it’s ever been in U.S. history.

Breaking the Addiction to Incarceration: Weekly Highlights

Breaking the Addiction to Incarceration: Weekly Highlights

By Alex Stamm, ACLU Center for Justice at 1:39pm

Today, the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. With over 2.3 million men and women living behind bars, our imprisonment rate is the highest it’s ever been in U.S. history. And yet, our criminal justice system…

ACLU to Oakland Police: No Seriously, Hand Over the Info

ACLU to Oakland Police: No Seriously, Hand Over the Info

By Linda Lye, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California at 11:13am

The Oakland Police Department oversaw the use of excessive force against Occupy Oakland demonstrators, and now the department is refusing to hand over information about what really happened.

Breaking the Addiction to Incarceration: Weekly Highlights

By Rebecca McCray, ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project at 4:20pm

Today, the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. With over 2.3 million men and women living behind bars, our imprisonment rate is the highest it’s ever been in U.S. history. And yet, our criminal justice…

Oakland Police Raid on Occupy Oakland Raises Serious Questions

By Linda Lye, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California at 3:35pm

Picture this. In response to a peaceful anti-war protest, the Oakland Police Department uses large wooden bullets, sting ball grenades and shot-filled bean bags, as a result of which at least 58 protesters are injured. That was 2003, and unfortunately…

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