The NAACP advocates for smarter, results-based criminal justice policies to keep our communities safe, including treatment for addiction and mental health problems, judicial discretion in sentencing, and an end to racial disparities at all levels of the system.
The United States is home to the world’s largest prison population. As “tough on crime” laws have put an unprecedented number of non-violent offenders behind bars in recent years, our neighborhoods feel no more secure.The NAACP's Criminal Justice Fact Sheet >
Pathways to Police Reform Community Mobilization Toolkit
This toolkit has not been created out of whole cloth. It draws heavily from previous NAACP work, especially our 2014 Born Suspect report on racial profiling.
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When more than 1,000 people die in police custody every year, true progress and justice will not solely come from the conviction of individual officers, but when residents in all communities feel more protected than preyed upon by those sworn to uphold the law.
As we continue to watch the legal process unfold and as the trials of other officers commence, we urge the community to let their voices be heard in nonviolent protest as we seek justice for a violent death.
Criminal Justice Fact Sheet
Key stats on incarceration trends, drug sentencing and long term effects.View Link >
Racial Profiling one-pager
A quick guide to starting a conversation about racial profiling with youth.View Link >
Criminal Justice Program Issues
Information on sentencing reform, effective law enforcement and eliminating barriers for the formerly incarcerated.View Link >
Racial Profiling Curriculum Guide (by topic)
A guide to select existing curriculum and lesson plans.View Link >
Racial Profiling Curriculum Guide (by grade level)
a guide to select existing curriculum and lesson plans.View Link >
Racial Profiling Draft Resource Guide
Additional resources on racial profiling.View Link >
Know Your Rights Postcard
A quick guide to basic do's and don'ts when youth encounter law enforcement.View Link >
Know Your Rights Supplement
More details about the rights of individuals and youth when encountering law enforcement.View Link >
Additional Criminal Justice Resources
More toolkits, handbooks and reports.View Link >