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Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Community Justice Exchange
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Safety
Storytelling on social media has become a powerful tool to shift public narratives in the movement to end mass criminalization. However, if misused, improper storytelling runs the risk of perpetuating narratives that reinforce, rather than work to dismantle, the criminal justice system....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Williams Institute
Policy Areas Public Spaces, Public Safety, Health
Incarceration puts both incarcerated people and corrections staff at risk of contracting COVID-19. A wide array of criminal justice stakeholders have come together to call for a public health-oriented approach to the COVID-19 crisis. The key recommendations include releasing incarcerated...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Community Justice Exchange
Policy Areas Civil Rights
Before COVID-19 became a global pandemic, missing a court date, a check-in with parole or probation, a day of community service, or a court-mandated treatment program could and frequently did result in people being jailed. However, during the early days of the pandemic, most states...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Policy Studies
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Safety
Poor people, especially people of color, face a far greater risk of being fined, arrested, and even incarcerated for minor offenses than other Americans. A broken taillight, an unpaid parking ticket, a minor drug offense, sitting on a sidewalk, or sleeping in a park can all result...

Type Ordinance
Year 2011
Level County
State(s) Illinois
Source Cook County Board
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Safety
This ordinance requires the Sheriff of Cook County to decline ICE detainer requests unless there is written agreement stating that all costs incurred by Cook County in complying with the ICE detainer shall be reimbursed. It also prohibits ICE agents from accessing individuals or County...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Community Justice Exchange
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Spaces, Public Safety, Health
People in prisons, jails, and immigration jails are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 outbreaks. Given the inherent high risk of all incarceration settings, this statement argues that the best protection for these individuals is release for everyone in the custody of federal prisons,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County, Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Community Justice Exchange
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety
"The following is a framework that seeks to draw out what “prosecutor organizing” looks like with an abolitionist lens. The first section outlines principles to hold us accountable to each other, so that there is shared agreement about what abolition means in organizing around prosecutors....

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Community Justice Exchange
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Health
Incarcerated people in the United States’ jails, prisons, and immigration detention centers are at an unacceptable risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19. This document provides some guidance and tools for families, organizers, and advocates who are demanding their decarceration...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source National Center for Transgender Equality
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety, Health, Education
Transgender people overall experience high levels of discrimination in every area of life, as well as high levels of poverty, unemployment, homelessness, negative interactions with police, incarceration, and violent victimization. As a result, many transgender people participate in...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source National Center for Transgender Equality
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Housing, Public Safety, Health, Education
This report investigates the discrimination transgender individuals face in education, employment, housing, public accommodations, health care, prisons, in the family, and when updating ID documents. By surveying 6,450 transgender and gender non-conforming study participants, the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety, Children & Families, Democracy & Governance
This report examines local policies that prevent hiring discrimination against individuals with criminal records, such as "ban the box" initiatives that remove criminal record questions from job applications and defer background checks to the final stages of the hiring process. It...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Massachusetts
Source MassBudget
Policy Areas Civil Rights
The infographic examines the impacts of crime laws implemented in Massachusetts on prison populations and recent reforms that have decreased the number of inmates, especially drug offenders. The document highlights the cost savings from reducing incarceration and suggests reallocating...

Type Roadmap
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source ProGov21
Policy Areas Children & Families, Civil Rights, Economic Justice
Centuries of political, legal, and economic discrimination against women and people of color have entrenched inequality in the United States. ProGov21's Race, Sex, and Social Equality Roadmap outlines steps local governments can take to address the root causes of racial and gender...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year -
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Community Justice Exchange
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Safety, Health
Activists, organizers, and reformers often demand transparency from the criminal legal system because of the harm the system inflicts behind closed doors—particularly upon Black and Brown, poor, LGBTQ, and immigrant communities. For organizers working to dismantle the criminal legal...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Policy Studies
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Children & Families, Education
The path to prison often begins in childhood and in schools segregated by race and class. Over the past 40 years, American schools with high Black and brown student populations in low-income and poor communities have come to resemble prisons more than places of learning. Behaviors...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source The Center for Popular Democracy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Education
This report articulates young people’s mandate to their government—local, state, and federal—to permanently end the school-to-prison-and-deportation pipeline and build a liberatory education system based on principles of inclusion, equity and racial justice. The key points of the...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2022
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Civil Rights Corps
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Safety
A Community Safety Policy is a policy agenda that shifts the concept of “safety” from a primarily criminal-legal model to a new framework that roots safety in public health and makes investments in non-carceral solutions. This guide outlines four steps states can take to create their...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2001
Level City or Town, State
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Civil Rights
This report discusses relevant research on prison privatization and presents concerns regarding the expansion of prison privatization across Ohio. The report also features three case studies which highlight some glaring issues with the implementation of private prisons in the state,...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Community Justice Exchange
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development
This document is intended for organizers, legal advocates, and organizations contemplating starting a bail fund as an intervention in the criminal legal and/or immigration detention systems. The first part of the document poses core exploratory questions to consider before starting...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, School District
State(s) All States
Source The Center for Popular Democracy
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Education
There is evidence that placing law enforcement in schools increases referrals to the criminal legal system. The presence of law enforcement makes it more likely that students of color will be arrested for low-level offenses, and increases the formal processing of exclusionary disciplinary...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, State, School District, National
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source Education Law Center
Policy Areas Education, Children & Families
Zero tolerance policies, expanded presence of police in schools, and other harsh discipline policies have a disproportionate impact on students of color, students with disabilities, and LGBTQ youth. Using Pennsylvania schools as a case study, this report examines the negative effects...

Type Ordinance
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Madison City Council
Policy Areas Civil Rights
This ordinance requires certain city contractors to "Ban the Box" in their hiring practices, meaning that an employer will not ask any questions on a job application about an applicant's criminal or police record; the "box" to check for crimes or law violations is removed from application...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Public Safety
Evidence shows that young people achieve better life outcomes and are less likely to commit future crimes when kept out of juvenile court and detention facilities. This brief highlights case studies in which cities have diverted youth away from the juvenile justice system through...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement, Democracy & Governance, Housing, Public Safety
This report finds that community corrections programs and community-based treatments are significantly less costly than imprisonment and makes the case for their expansion. ...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Housing, Public Safety
The state costs a large amount on keeping people in prison. The increasing budget reflects the needs of a better prison system and strategies. By increasing support on medical care and education, the criminal justice system can also be improved. The report lists the progroms that...

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