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
Last night, the New York City Council voted in favor of the Community Safety Act--effectively ending the Stop and Frisk policy in NYC. Last year, the NAACP led thousands of activists on a silent march through the streets on NYC to Mayor Bloomberg's residence. We marched along with dozens of other progressive organizations to demand an end to New York City's stop and frisk policy.
New York State Conference of the NAACP, joined by 1199 SEIU, the National Action Network, and the NYCLU sent a letter to the members of the New York City Council encouraging them to vote yes on several policing bills that are a part of the Community Safety Act
NAACP President Ben Jealous and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, appeared on MSNBC's the Morning Joe show to talk about restoring the vote of formerly incarcerated citizens in Virginia.
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.