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The Case for Weed Reparations

Oakland is leading the nation in defining what racial equity means by revising its medical cannabis business permit process to favor applicants who’ve been swept up in the war on drugs.

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What Was Lost in the Fires of the L.A. Riots

In a new documentary, previously unseen footage collected by the Los Angeles Police Department reveals how the narrative of the riots has changed in 25 years.

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Five Big Questions About Trump's First 100 Days on Criminal Justice Reforms

There are many known unknowns about what Trump and Sessions are planning for their law-and-order agenda. Here’s what it all adds up to.


Applying the 'Rooney Rule' to Cities

Pittsburgh will borrow a page from the NFL’s diversity playbook in order to get more people of color into leadership positions in city government.

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How Alabama's Shady Governor Cultivated a Culture of Disenfranchisement

The downfall of Governor Robert Bentley reveals that thwarting voting rights is just part of the state’s accepted electoral landscape.

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What Jeff Sessions Can and Can't Do About Police Consent Decrees

The Attorney General is trying to erase Obama-era police reform. Can he do that?

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We Will Pay High School Students To Go To School. And We Will Like It.

To solve high school truancy, don’t suspend kids; compensate them.  

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Renewing the War on Drugs

What looks like a “split personality” in drug policy is really just the Trump administration’s racialized approach to enforcement.

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Jeff Sessions Just Picked a Fight With COPS

The Attorney General’s threat to “claw back” federal funds from sanctuary cities would imperil the grants program that local police have been clamoring for.

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Letting Ex-Felons Vote Doesn't Matter (Except When It Does)

Conservatives often complain that restoring former felons’ voting rights swings elections for Democrats.

Mike Ford

The Future of 'Hip-Hop Architecture'

Michael Ford explains how he’s building a movement to reclaim urban design from the failures of the 1970s.

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How to Keep Closing Prisons in a Trump Era

Despite the rhetoric from the president and the Justice Department, the movement to resist mass incarceration has a way forward.  

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At the EPA, It's the End of an Era

Until he resigned, Mustafa Ali was the EPA’s most senior official on environmental and climate justice.

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How New York City Killed Kalief Browder

A talk with Nicole and Deion Browder, siblings of Kalief Browder, whose suicide in 2015 came after a morbid ordeal with New York City’s criminal justice system.

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What Jeff Sessions Could Learn From Kalief Browder

Arrested at 16 and unjustly jailed for three years, Browder took his life in 2015. A new six-part documentary series, executive produced by Jay Z, exposes the many ways the criminal justice system failed him.  

"Get Out"

The Horror of 'Get Out' Is Everywhere

You can take the horror film out of the city and out of the suburbs, and racism for black people will still be scary.

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What Police and Poor Communities Really Think of Each Other

People in high-crime neighborhoods are willing to partner with law enforcement, new research shows—but they’re wary of how they’ll be treated.

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Louisville Confronts Its Redlining Past and Present

A new online mapping project is aimed at dismantling the Kentucky city’s grim legacy of racial segregation.