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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Ferguson Legal Defense Committee Issues 48-Hour Emergency Call To Action & All-Points Bulletin

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Hassan v. City of New York

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Ashker v. Brown

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Daniels, et al. v. the City of New York

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