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

To All People of Conscience: The Ferguson Legal Defense Committee (FLDC) has issued the following EMERGENCY…

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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CCR Testimony before Presidential Task Force on 21st Century Policing

Vincent Warren on CNN, on MIchael Brown and Racial Injustice

In America, ‘equal justice under law’? The grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson over the death of an unarmed black teenager Michael Brown has angered many Americans, who feel that equal justice…

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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…

First Wednesdays at Von: 2/4/2015 -Policing in New York City and Beyond

  “First Wednesday” 2/4 – Join us to talk about Policing in NYC and Beyond   There is an intense national debate on police violence, brutality and racial justice. The nascent Black Lives Matter movement is thinking critically about how we can better… Read More >>

This Stops Today 11 Days of Action - December 10-20 2014

#This Stops Today  #11 Days of Action calls for an end to discriminatory and abusive policing and other systemic changes. CCR has signed on to endorse these #11DaysofAction and its accompanying 11 demands.   For a full list of events, visit: www.thisstopstoday.org, a… 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)

Jalil Abdul Muntaqim, an African American serving a life sentence in the custody of the New York, challenged the Section 5-106 under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Read More >>