Criminal Justice

It is impossible to think about the criminal justice system, without acknowledging how structural racism is embedded into it. While some elected officials have focused on tinkering with the criminal justice system, abolitionists like Mariame Kaba note, “efforts to solve police violence through liberal reforms like these have failed for nearly a century.” Kaba challenges us to ask, “Why do we have no other well-resourced options?”, and steers the conversation toward focusing on community safety. Indeed, a deep understanding of the roots of our nation’s highly racialized and inequitable criminal justice system is necessary, if we are to imagine a more equitable way forward.


The resources in this section call out the origins of structural racism within the criminal justice system, shares the demands and ideas a [...]

Criminal Justice and Specific Populations

Imagining Criminal Justice Transformation

Key Sites

Legislation and Policy

Policing and Public Safety

Resistance and Organizing

Restorative Justice

Sentencing and Incarceration

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“If you’re quiet, knowing that there’s a culture of racism inside most police departments, and you’re not saying anything, you are on the wrong side of history.”

~ Alicia Garza, Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter

SPOTLIGHT

Mass Incarceration, Visualized – The Atlantic

Also in this section:
  • Addressing Hate and White Supremacy

  • Economic Development

  • Employment and Labor

  • Health and Healthcare

  • Language Justice

  • Reparations

  • Voting Justice and Democracy Building

  • Children, Families, and Youth Development

  • Economic Security

  • Environmental Justice

  • Housing

  • Media and Technology

  • Reproductive Justice

  • Community Planning: Land and Transportation

  • Education

  • Food Justice

  • Immigration and Refugee Rights

  • Philanthropy

  • Trauma, Violence, and Healing

GLOSSARY

Accountability

Black Lives Matter

Collusion

Institutional Racism

Movement Building

Oppression

Racial Inequity

Racist Policies

Reparations

Structural Racism

White Supremacy

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