Civil rights activists recognize mass incarceration as the most pressing issue of our time. With books like The New Jim Crow, progressives have accepted the idea that our criminal justice system acts as a means of racial control and oppression. “Law and order” talk reached
Last week, The Verge published an independent investigation into New Orleans’ system of predictive policing, which was developed by Palantir Technologies and implemented in secret in 2013, unbeknownst to the City Council.
Palantir, which is valued at over $20 billion, has always thrived on secrecy. It
When President Trump made his “shithole” countries comment earlier this year, he revealed the ugly undercurrent of racism that has animated U.S. immigration law and policy since the Republic’s founding.
Whether such sentiments are made explicit or not, notions of which immigrants are “worthy” or “legal”
On February 26, a California district court judge ruled that the Trump administration cannot revoke DACA recipients’ work authorization without giving recipients a chance to contest the decision. The Trump administration originally planned to end DACA on March 5, 2018. News outlets reported the ruling
Pennsylvania’s current congressional map was found unconstitutional by its state supreme court on January 22, and the Republican-led legislature’s subsequent failures to secure a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court or settle on a new map with Gov. Tom Wolf could strike a decisive blow
Last week, the Massachusetts state legislature scrapped H3361, a bill that sought to improve state data collection on Asian Americans. Proposed by State Representative Tackey Chan, the bill would have required state agencies to report data by individual ethnic group when collecting data on Asian
In Florida, the end of your incarceration can be the beginning of a life-long sentence. That’s because Florida is one of four states that does not automatically restore civil rights (most prominently, voting rights) to people who were convicted of felonies but have fulfilled every
A week ago, a San Francisco jury acquitted Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, an undocumented immigrant, of murder in the death of Kate Steinle, which took place on July 1, 2015. The defense argued that Garcia Zarate happened upon the gun, which accidentally fired while pointed
This week marks one year since Donald Trump won the presidential election. The next day, I wrote a reflection piece for this blog, outlining the fears many of us shared and voicing hope and determination we held onto. Now, a year later, I write about
While most people are familiar with criminal forfeiture––a practice that allows the government to confiscate your property if it proves the property was used in the commission of a crime for which you were indicted––its more formidable and much more often used counterpart, civil asset forfeiture, is