Criminal Justice and Mass Incarceration

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Since our inception in the 1960’s, when our attorneys defended protestors at the Chicago Democratic National Convention, CCR has been at the forefront of criminal justice issues such as mass incarceration, jail expansion, and challenging unjust detentions. In a country that puts more people in jail than any other country in the world, we will continue to fight the mass incarceration of millions in our nation’s prison system, as well as challenge practices such as racial profiling, immigrant detention, and discriminatory laws that lead to a disproportionate number of people of color behind bars.

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Ferguson Legal Defense Committee Issues 48-Hour Emergency Call To Action & All-Points Bulletin

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Take Action: Honor the Pelican Bay SHU Prisoners' Demands

Tell the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to honor the demands of the…

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Chris Rock and driving while black

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CCR Testimony before IACHR on Race and Criminal Justice in the US

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Hassan v. City of New York

Hassan v. City of New York, filed on June 6, 2012 in federal court in New Jersey, was brought on behalf of several New Jersey plaintiffs who were targeted and surveilled by the New York…

Ashker v. Brown

On May 31, 2012, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison who have spent between 10 and 28 years in solitary confinement.  The…

The Dream Unfinished: A Symphonic Benefit for Civil Rights

The Dream Unfinished: A Symphonic Benefit for Civil Rights is a gathering of orchestral musicians, and nationally prominent artists and figures, who will join the chorus of calls for civil rights, social justice, and an end to systemic racism. With… Read More >>

*New Location* No Separate Justice June Event: Solitary Confinement in Prisons, Jails and Federal Detention

The No Separate Justice Campaign together with the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement will kick off Torture Awareness Month with a focus on the interrelated abuses in the federal so-called "war on terror" and America's mass incarceration system. The… Read More >>

Daniels, et al. v. the City of New York

In 1999, CCR filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to challenge the NYPD’s policy of conducting stop-and-frisks without reasonable suspicion of criminal activity as required by the Fourth Amendment.… Read More >>

Muntaqim v. Coombe (amicus)

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