A New Normal in Philadelphia: A Dispatch from the Field

By Reuben Jones, JLUSA’s Philadelphia Campaign Coordinator The Philadelphia that I grew up in was a very tough place for its African American residents.  In the late 1960s-early 1970s Police Commissioner Frank Rizzo, who famously said, “If the prisons are crowded, if we need more prisons, let’s build them,” ruled the Black community with an […]

#CLOSEmsdf:  A Dispatch from the Field

#CLOSEmsdf:  A Dispatch from the Field By Sharyl McFarland, JLUSA Milwaukee Community Organizer The #CLOSEmsdf Campaign is going strong, and we’ve only just begun.  The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is stubborn, but so are we!  On June 28th hundreds of community members, campaign partners and supporters will be gathering to celebrate the progress we have […]

Ending the Gang Database in New York City

Vidal Guzman — #CLOSErikers organizer at JustLeadershipUSA and Harlem’s own — breaks down the trauma of gang raids, the lasting impact on communities, and why the NYPD gang database must be destroyed. The #CLOSErikers Campaign, with its grassroots partners, continues to call on Mayor de Blasio to reduce the jail population and shutter the horrific jail complex on […]

The Sleeping Giant

On May 17th, the Louisiana State Legislature signed H.B.-265 restoring the right to vote to people on parole and probation, reversing a law on the books for over 40 years. The new law will impact the nearly 70,000 people now under community supervision. JLUSA Fair Hiring Project Coordinator Megan French-Marcelin sat down with Norris Henderson, […]

Bill of Rights for Criminalized Workers

Over 70 million people in the United States have a criminal record. For people living with a record, their punishment is not limited to the court’s sentence. A criminal record can produce a lifetime of barriers and exclusions which are often called “collateral consequences.” Voter disenfranchisement, loss of housing and healthcare, disruption of or lack […]

#FREEnewyork Movement Update

#FREEnewyork is fighting injustice and unapologetically advancing REAL solutions to New York’s pretrial crisis. On any given day in New York State, 25,000 fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, caretakers and loved ones are caged in county jails. Shockingly, 67% of the people in New York’s jails are legally innocent — primarily people of color and working […]