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October 29, 2014 |  by Virginia Sloan, Founder and President, The Constitution Project

In 1994, I proudly served as counsel to Don Edwards (D-CA), House Judiciary Civil and Constitutional Rights Subcommittee Chair. I vividly recall an entire weekend spent in the House majority leader’s office helping negotiate the 1994 omnibus crime bill. Representative Edwards passionately argued...

October 27, 2014 |  by Danielle Stewart, Communications Coordinator and Faizah Barlas, Communications Intern, NCCD

Twenty-one years ago, Gian Luigi Ferri walked into the law offices of Pettit & Martin in San Francisco and opened fire, killing eight and injuring others. Just months before, a deadly shootout erupted when federal and Texas state law enforcement seized the compound of the religious group...

October 27, 2014 |  by Marc Mauer, Executive Director, The Sentencing Project

I remember well the drama behind the passage of the 1994 federal crime bill. At the time, I was engaged with many others in trying to shift the focus of the bill away from its heavy emphasis on law enforcement and incarceration and toward a more balanced approach to public safety. Ultimately, we...

October 20, 2014 |  by Amanda Alexander, Soros Justice Fellow and Caitlin Mitchell, Liman Fellow

The number of families impacted by the prison system in the United States is staggering—more than 2.7 million children have a parent behind bars and 10 million children have experienced parental incarceration at some point in their lives. Put more sharply, one in every 28 children in the...

October 16, 2014 |  by Heather Ann Thompson, Professor, Temple University

Heather Ann Thompson is a 2014 Media for a Just Society Awards finalist for her piece titled “...

October 13, 2014 |  by Raelene Holmes-Andrews, EVC Youth Producer, Media for a Just Society Youth Award winner

Raelene Holmes-Andrews is a Media for a Just Society Award winner in the category of youth media. Her winning documentary, Life Under...

October 6, 2014 |  by Emily Condon, Production Manager, This American Life

This American Life is a Media for a Just Society Awards finalist for their radio documentary Harper High...

September 29, 2014 |  by Jordan Melograna, Content Director, Brave New Films

The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther Kings Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech was observed in 2013. Our production team at Brave New Films wanted to commemorate the event by doing more than celebrating the victories of the past: Our goal was to show that the same struggles for civil rights continue...

September 26, 2014 |  by Alexander Busansky, President, NCCD

US Attorney General Holder’s announcement yesterday that he was stepping down from his position did not come as a surprise to the many people handicapping the remaining tenure of one of the longest-serving, and our first African-American, Attorney General. I will leave the summation of his...

September 24, 2014 |  by Jill Tucker, Education Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle

Jill Tucker is a 2014 Media for a Just Society Awards finalist in the category of newspaper. To read “Even Odds,” her Media for a Just Society Awards...