Criminal Justice Reform

As President Barack Obama prepares to leave office, NewsOne takes a look at some of his most impressive wins.

On Monday, hundreds of people representing educators, civil rights and voting rights groups, labor, and environmental activists gathered at 30 state capitals across the country to demand change during the "Higher Ground Moral Day of Action" demonstrations.

Underscoring his calls for criminal justice reform, President Barack Obama on Friday commuted the prison sentences of 42 people who were locked up as non-violent drug offenders, reports AFP. The harsh prison terms were doled out under “outdated and unduly harsh sentencing laws,” the White House said in a statement. Most were “small-time drug dealers […]

Forty-one-year-old Aitabdel Salem, a native of Algeria, spent five months on New York's Rikers Island because, uhm, officials failed to tell him that bail was set at $2.

Banning the box on college applications, "ensures that every young person has a shot," Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the President, said.

"It just doesn't make sense to require a nonviolent drug offender to serve 20 years, or in some cases, life, in prison," Obama said

The museum -- which is free to the public from April 19-21 -- will take place on Park Avenue during the United Nations General Assembly Meeting on the world drug problem.

A 30-year law against repeat offenders in Louisiana can land one man life in prison.

Tamir Rice's mother, Samaria Rice, declines to endorse a presidential candidate. Rice explained in a post that none of the solutions she's seen incorporates community input.

When asked by Terina Allen, the sister of Sam Dubose -- a Black man fatally shot by former University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing during a traffic stop last year -- about police accountability, Sanders insisted that institutional racism police reform would be priority if he were to become president.

A group of bipartisan senators will introduce legislation to end a law banning student drug offenders from receiving financial aid. The law has disproportionately affected students of color.

The Ferguson City Council on Tuesday called for changes to a tentative agreement to overhaul the police department.