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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The NYPD’s Surveillance and Targeting of Muslims in New Jersey

Michael Ratner and Julian Assange on Democracy Now!

Top-secret documents leaked by Edward Snowden have revealed new details about how the United States and Britain targeted the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks after it published leaked documents about the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan. According to…

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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…

May 1st Oral Arguments in Turkmen v. Ashcroft case

Join CCR and pack the court on Thursday, May 1, 2014 for oral arguments in Turkmen v. Ashcroft, CCR’s class action civil rights lawsuit filed on behalf of Muslim, South Asian, and Arab non-citizens who were swept up by the… Read More >>

The Color of Citizenship: Legacies of Japanese American Internment from WWII to Stop & Frisk

CCR Legal Director Baher Azmy will speak on a 3:30 p.m. panel on May 2nd titled, "Legacies of the Incarceration in Surveillance & Policing of U.S. Communities of Color." The panel will address legacies of Japanese American … 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 >>