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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Purvi Shah on Melissa Harris-Perry on Ferguson, MO push for change

How to turn a moment into a movement In Ferguson, the unrest may be calming down, but the push for change is just heating up. Purvi Shah, Jamal Simmons, Allison Kilkenny and Juan Cartagena join to…

Vince Warren on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

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Hassan v. City of New York

Hassan v. City of New York, filed on June 6, 2012 in federal court in New Jersey, was brought on behalf of several New Jersey plaintiffs who were targeted and surveilled by the New York…

Ashker v. Brown

On May 31, 2012, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison who have spent between 10 and 28 years in solitary confinement.  The…

New York Citywide Cop Watch Training Series

CCR proudly endorses the Citywide Cop Watch Training Series happening between September 30th and October 30th, and we encourage all New Yorkers to RSVP and attend. Every day we see and hear of more and more cases of police brutality. Eric… Read More >>

October First Wednesday: Challenging the Kafkaesque No Fly List

Fall is in the air and CCR is excited to bring you another compelling issue at our next First Wednesday on October 1st! Did you know that the government operates a “No Fly List” in near-total secrecy, never telling people why… Read More >>

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

In 1999, CCR filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to challenge the NYPD’s policy of conducting stop-and-frisks without reasonable suspicion of criminal activity as required by the Fourth Amendment.… Read More >>

Muntaqim v. Coombe (amicus)

Jalil Abdul Muntaqim, an African American serving a life sentence in the custody of the New York, challenged the Section 5-106 under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Read More >>