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Illinois House Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth Passes Long Overdue Criminal Justice Reform

Since the 1970s, egregious drug laws and mandatory minimums initiated in the United States in an effort known as the War on Drugs have devastated low-income neighborhoods, primarily black and brown communities. Policies that led to over-policing in underserved communities, the militarization of the police, mass incarceration, and the social stigma about black drug users …

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From Heartbreak to Healing

Increasingly, victims of crime and their surviving family members are speaking out for reconciliation, rather than retribution, in the debate over criminal justice reform. In April, about 500 people gathered at the Convention Center in downtown Sacramento, California for the annual Survivors Speak Conference. The conference, organized by Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ), a …

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National advocacy program for crime survivors comes to Orlando

Agnes Furey, who works with survivors of violent crime, knows what it’s like to get the proverbial telephone call. She got hers in 1998, when authorities delivered the news that her 40-year-old daughter and 6-year-old grandson were killed in their Sarasota apartment. “I can’t change what happened,” said Furey, 80, who lives in Tallahassee. “What …

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