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Slavery Evolved

Bryan Stevenson, Racial and Criminal Justice Advocate

The Marshall Project Interview: Bryan Stevenson on Charleston and Our Real Problem with Race Bryan Stevenson has spent most of his career challenging bias against minorities and the poor in the criminal justice system. Audio Interview: New York Historical Society Bryan Stevenson charts his remarkable

Criminal Justice Reform

TAKE ACTION: Sign the ACLU’s Petition

ACLU: Right now the Senate is deciding whether to vote on a bill called the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act – the most significant criminal justice reform legislation to be considered by Congress in the last five years. It will essentially retroactively reduce overly harsh

Faulty Memory

It (Might Have) Happened Like This

Myths of Justice #5: Human Memories Are Reliable Much of what we do in the courtroom relies on human memory. When a witness is asked to testify about past events, the accuracy of his account depends not only on his initial perception, but on the

police not objective

Innocent, Until Proven Guilty By

Myths of Justice #10: Police Are Objective in Their Investigations Police investigators have vast discretion about what leads to pursue, which witnesses to interview, what forensic tests to conduct and countless other aspects of the investigation. Police also have a unique opportunity to manufacture or

Criminal Justice Stats and Figures

Charging Toward a Conviction

When people think about how our criminal justice system tries to avoid convicting innocent people, they probably think of the second half-hour of a “Law & Order” episode: defense attorneys making motions to thwart the prosecutor, jurors furrowing their brows as they wonder whether the