Summary
All persons to be treated equally, with dignity and respect.
Reforming our criminal justice system as a means to improving safety for everyone.
Everyone has a basic right to be free from coercion and violence.
Multi-faceted strategy including intervention, treatment, and universal background checks for firearm purchases.

Policing and Civil Rights

Former NFL Player Brutalized By Police In Georgia
April 26, 2018 Daily Kos
Desmond Marrow, a former NFL player, cried when police in Henry County Georgia brutalized him.

Black men arrested @ Starbucks for trespassing? Am I next?
April 14, 2018 Daily Kos
Two black guys peacefully sitting down in a Philadelphia Starbucks were arrested after an employee apparently called the police because they hadn’t ordered anything.

Prisons and Criminal Justice

Sentenced to Death: Who’s Responsible for the Murder of Neil Early?
How the killing of a 23-year-old inmate exposed the corruption of Arizona’s for-profit prison system.
June 1, 2018 Rolling Stone

A Chance For Change
June 26, 2018 Santa Fe Reporter
Ideas for criminal justice reform in New Mexico are stewing this summer ahead of next year’s legislative session

Safety Concerns Grow as Inmates Are Guarded by Teachers and Secretaries
June 17, 2018 New York Times

Trump administration cutbacks have left some prisons short on correctional officers, requiring other workers to step in.

Inside a Private Prison: Blood, Suicide and Poorly Paid Guards
April 3, 2018 New York Times
A trial in Mississippi provides a rare glimpse into a world where mistreatment of inmates is commonplace, at a time when the Trump administration wants to expand the use of private prisons.

A Massive For-Profit Prison Healthcare Provider is Finally Going to be Held Accountable for Abuses
March 29, 2018 Daily Kos
ADC has been accused of permitting for-profit prison healthcare provider Corizon to provide healthcare so inadequate as to broach the question of cruel and unusual punishment …

Adam Foss: Can Prosecutors Stem the Tide of Mass Incarceration? – Audio
March 16, 2018 NPR/Ted Radio Hour
Former prosecutor Adam Foss lays out the damaging effects an arrest, a criminal record, and a prison sentence can have on marginalized individuals.

Private Prison Company Geo Group Gave Generously to Trump and Now Has Lucrative Contract
May 5, 2017 Newsweek

… has allegedly asked Republicans to submit a law that could lead to immigrant children being indefinitely detained in its lucrative centers.

How a Private Prison Company Used Detained Immigrants for Free Labor
April 3, 2017 Mother Jones
And what it could mean for the future of immigration detention in America.

Guns in America

Deb Haaland, Congressional Candidate, Speaks Out on Gun Violence
July 12, 2018 Deb Haaland
On July 20th, 2012, 12 people were killed and 70 injured in the Colorado Theater Shooting. Since then, our government has continuously let down the families and victims in Aurora, as well as several communities plagued by gun violence.

How to Win an Argument About Guns
April 3, 2018 The New York Times
When more Americans have died from guns just since 1970 than in all the wars in our history, it’s time to try a new approach.