The ACLU's Criminal Law Reform Project (CLRP) focuses its work on the “front end” of the criminal legal system—from policing to sentencing— seeking to end excessively harsh criminal justice policies that result in mass incarceration, over-criminalization, and racial injustice, and
Those with the most power most need to be held accountable. Our Police, Prosecutor, Prison, and Profiteer Accountability initiative targets every aspect of the unjust criminal legal system, seeking to hold accountable each of the actors who perpetrate and perpetuate its injustices. That includes:
– Police who wield unaccountable power, especially over Black, brown, and Indigenous communities, crowding out genuine harm reduction and public safety efforts
– Prosecutors who systemically abuse their discretion to prioritize caging over justice
– Prisons, which are sites of rampant abuse, and constitute a massive deprivation of life and liberty lacking demonstrated benefits to victims, perpetrators, or society at large
– Profiteers: The myriad private actors who profit from mass incarceration and have a stake in upholding it. In our increasingly privatized system, which runs the gamut from policing and surveillance to incarceration and parole, every corporation that has a stake in maintaining and expanding the existing system is a barrier to decarceration
The criminal legal system is a morass of unaccountable actors and unjustified, and unjustifiable, mass punishment. We aim to be strategic in devoting our resources to its dismantling.
The Civil Rights Clinic focuses on the intersection between civil rights and the criminal justice system, shedding light on important but too often-overlooked issues such as unconstitutional prison conditions and police brutality.
Sonya Levitova is a ’20-’21 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady Ward & Maazel, where she focuses on holding federal officials accountable for their violations of incarcerated people’s constitutional rights. Throughout her fellowship, Levitova contributed to a motion for class certification in a federal lawsuit against the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn for
This article by Sonya Levitova, a ’20-’21 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady Ward & Maazel LLP, was originally published by the Law and Political Economy (LPE) Project
The NYU Policing Project works with communities and police to promote public safety through transparency, equity, and democratic engagement.
Stanford Law School students present research on emerging issues in police use of technology to national experts.