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Fresh Updates from RACBlog: Criminal Justice

Fresh Updates from RACBlog: Criminal Justice

On Purim, Exploring the Intersections of Reproductive Justice and Criminal Justice
Posted on Wednesday February 25, 2015

On Purim, we celebrate a time of transition for the Jews, from “grief to joy and from mourning to a festive day—to make them days of feasting and joy, and sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor” (Megillat Esther 9). As we prepare for Purim, we look forward to a time of […]

Social Justice at the Oscars
Posted on Monday February 23, 2015

In case you missed it, last night at the Academy Awards, many of the winners discussed important issues of social justice in their acceptance speeches. The stage of the Dolby Theater is a unique platform to call attention to these critical issues, and it can be validating to see celebrities discuss topics that we have […]

Unmasking the Use of the Death Penalty
Posted on Wednesday February 18, 2015

Though Purim is a time to for costumes, carnivals and hamentaschen, the story also prompts big questions, like the use of the death penalty in our society. At the end of the Purim story, we see the death penalty carried out when Haman is hanged on the gallows he had built for Mordecai. This use […]

Supreme Court Ruling Upholds Key Religious Freedom Protections
Posted on Tuesday January 20, 2015

Earlier today, the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 in Holt v. Hobbs, holding that under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), prisoner Abdul Maalik Muhammed could grow a half-inch beard while incarcerated in Arkansas. This decision upheld the fundamental religious freedom rights of all people, of all backgrounds, and is heartening in light […]

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