Fair Punishment Proj

Fair Punishment Proj

Fair Punishment Project is a joint initiative of Harvard Law School's Charles Hamilton Houston Institute and the Criminal Justice Institute.

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Federal immigration authorities use a slate of databases and data-sharing systems to target immigrants for enforcement and removal. So far, state and local governments have had limited success controlling ICE’s access to this information.

Both Orleans Parish district attorney candidates have talked about advancing reforms. Both say they wouldn't seek the death penalty. On a variety of other issues, though, their positions and records show a divide in how they would likely approach being DA.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has written a book touting his management of COVID-19. Activists aren’t sure why. “You see stories about how great he’s doing, but if you represent incarcerated people, it made us feel like, do our clients’ lives not matter?”

A growing body of evidence suggests that it’s possible to reduce or even eliminate the use of money bail without increasing crime—despite the dire warnings of law enforcement and other bail reform opponents.

San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin has charged the officer who killed 42-year-old Keita O’Neil in 2017 with manslaughter. Boudin was elected on a reform platform last year. This is the first homicide charge against a police officer in the city’s modern history.

Austin police union vice president Justin Berry, who spent much of his Texas state House campaign portraying the city as beseiged by violence and chaos, lost his election to incumbent Democrat Vikki Goodwin.

Breaking with history, Trump plans to execute 6 people during the transition. He resumed federal executions after a 17-year pause & will execute more people than anyone since FDR. Biden says he’ll end the death penalty, citing 160 death-row exonerations.

“Bail isn’t about what you did or whether you’re dangerous. Bail is about whether you can find the money to buy your freedom back from the state.” Cori Bush, U.S. Representative-Elect for Missouri’s First Congressional District


BREAKING: A veto-proof majority of Minneapolis City Council members will announce today their commitment to disbanding the city’s embattled police department following the killing of George Floyd.

NEWS: In March, Joe Prude called the police for help. His brother, Daniel, was acting strangely. Instead, video shows Rochester police handcuffing him, mocking him, and kneeling on his back while pushing his face into the ground until he stops breathing.

Postal officials have suspended mail delivery to Mar Vista Gardens, a public housing complex in LA. Residents must pick up mail at a facility more than a mile away. Organizers call it "a political attack on the Latino and African American community.”

A review of the Facebook accounts of thousands of police officers across the US found one in five current officers made public posts or comments that were racist, or endorsed violence against black people, Muslims, women, and criminal defendants.

UPDATE: The Monroe County medical examiner has ruled Prude’s death a homicide due to complciations from "asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint."

Golda Barton called 911 for help with her 13-year-old son, Linden Cameron, who was experiencing a mental health crisis. Instead, Salt Lake City police arrived and shot him repeatedly. “He’s a small child. Why didn’t you just tackle him? … He’s a baby.”

For more than 6 minutes, Lionel Morris asked police to let him up. “I can’t breathe,” he said, handcuffed, lying on the ground. “If you can talk, you can breathe,” officers answered. Morris had no pulse when EMTs arrived, and died en route to the hospital.

Crystal Mason, a black woman, who was sentenced to 5 yrs. prison for voter fraud loses her bid for a new trial. She didn’t know she couldn’t vote with a felony conviction. Terri Rote, a white woman, tried to vote for Trump twice and got 2 yrs. probation.