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Criminal Justice

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Criminal Justice

Fresh Updates from RACBlog: Criminal Justice

Fresh Updates from RACBlog: Criminal Justice

Moving Forward: Sh’nat Ha-Evel for Michael Brown, and 50 Years after the VRA
Posted on Wednesday August 05, 2015

This weekend marks one year since Michael Brown was shot and killed in the street by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO. As we take this moment to reflect on the past year, I am reminded of the Jewish tradition’s unique way of coping with death, to help mourners gradually reenter into normal life after […]

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President Obama Pushes Ahead on Criminal Justice
Posted on Wednesday July 15, 2015

In a video announcement on Monday, President Obama announced that he is granting clemency to 46 men and women. Because of much-needed reforms to sentencing laws, if convicted of the exact same crime today, nearly all of these individuals would have already served their full sentences and reintegrated into society. This announcement comes only a […]

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UPDATED: Supreme Court Opinions Raise Important Criminal Justice Questions
Posted on Tuesday June 30, 2015

The Supreme Court term that just came to an end was extremely significant, and not just because of the historic healthcare and marriage equality rulings. Throughout the term, we saw a number of important criminal justice cases argued and decided, and though some of them did not go the way we would have hoped, important […]

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Solitary Confinement in the U.S. Prison System- Inhumane and Ineffective
Posted on Tuesday June 30, 2015

By Sophie Ranen As an intern at The National Religious Campaign Against Torture, I have had the opportunity to learn about a pressing racial justice issue: solitary confinement. Currently, the United States holds at least 80,000 prisoners in isolation, more than any other country in the world. Prisoners in solitary confinement are held alone, or […]

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