Over the last 40 years, largely as a result of the war on drugs, our nation has increased its prison population nearly 400% and a disproportionate number of those incarcerated are black men. Today, approximately 2.3 million children have an incarcerated parent and 500,000 black fathers are incarcerated. Over-incarceration in the United States plays a significant role in eroding the black family structure and communities are paying the price. What has not been highlighted as much however is that over-incarceration perpetuates HIV transmission in poor communities of color- a lesson I learned many years ago.
Blog — Criminal Justice
Hundreds gathered at the Waldorf Astoria in Naples FL for the NAACP Leadership 500 Conference
The NAACP Criminal Justice department just released the 2013 "Misplaced Priorities Toolkit." Mass incarceration is an epidemic that disproportionately impacts African Americans, who comprise 13% of the U.S. population but represent over 37% of those behind bars. Click here to read the entire report.
Redemption & Second Chances: Eliminating Employment Barriers for Previously Incarcerated Individuals
Every year over 700,000 people return home from prison and jail, looking for an opportunity to rebuild their lives and put the past behind. Providing opportunities for successful reentry of previously incarcerated people is no longer a problem this country can ignore.
The Delaware State Senate voted 11-10 on a bill to repeal the death penalty in the state.
Felony disenfranchisement puts this nation on the wrong side of democracy.
This morning, NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous and Maryland NAACP State Conference President Gerald Stansbury met with Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley at the Maryland State House to discuss the future of the death penalty in Maryland.
In the second installment of The Loop 21's feature on dynamic NAACP leaders, NAACP Criminal Justice Director Niaz Kasravi sat down to discuss our national criminal justice system, and the issues facing communities of color.
With the onset of social media, effective digital advocacy is critical to the NAACP's success. Thanks to our social media supporters, the Troy Davis case was the second-most talked about topic on Twitter during 2011.
NAACP Criminal Justice Director Robert Rooks sat down with The Loop 21 to explain why he opposes the death penalty.
Troy's execution, the exceptional unfairness of it, will only hasten the end of the death penalty in the United States.
This morning, our worst fears came true. Despite widespread doubt, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles upheld the decision to execute Troy Davis this Wednesday. Still, Troy has refused to have a “last meal" - he has faith his life will be spared.
Despite serious doubts as to his guilt and a lack of evidence, Troy Davis will be executed on September 21 if we don't interfere. As a sign of solidarity and a means of increasing awareness, we're encouraging supporters of justice everywhere to make Troy their Facebook pic and/or Twitter avatar through Troy's clemency hearing on September 19.
We’ve just received terrible news: the State of Georgia has set Troy Davis’ execution date for midnight on September 21, just two weeks from today.
After forty years of the war on drugs, America continues to ignore Dr. King’s lessons on justice, compassion and love.