News & Updates

OP-ED: Welcome to the new civil rights era

My mother, Marie-Marcelle Buteau Racine, emigrated to the United States in 1963 from Haiti in hopes of creating a better life for our family.

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OP-ED: Leaders must step up to fight hate

Two contagions are ravaging the United States today. Our leaders must combat both the coronavirus and hate in a way that unites us all behind our common enemy and inspires us to love. 

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OP-ED: Bill Barr is Actively Threatening the Rule of Law

In describing why he fired former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump explained that Mr. Flynn lied to Vice President Mike Pence and the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his dealings with a Russian ambassador.

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OP-ED: The coronavirus pandemic requires good-faith adjustments to our criminal justice system

As the novel coronavirus pandemic grew, those of us in the criminal justice system recognized that the virus, which spreads easily and thrives where there are large concentrations of people in confined spaces, could be catastrophic for the 2.3 million incarcerated people in the United States and…

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OP-ED: Prosecutors: COVID-19's threat to millions of incarcerated people needs to be addressed now

As our nation is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic and beginning to recognize the potentially catastrophic public health risk posed by large concentrations of people in confined spaces, we are urging local, state and federal leaders to take action now to protect the 2.3 million people…

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OP-ED: Lawyers must stand up to Trump to protect our legal system

President Trump’s deceitful diatribe against respected U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson is his latest assault on the judiciary’s independence.

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OP-ED: No, D.C.’s criminal justice reform efforts don’t go too far

The District’s incarceration rate is higher than any state in the nation — and any country. In large part, that’s owed to a period of excessive mandatory-minimum-sentencing guidelines, which disproportionately targeted people of color. 

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OP-ED: Why are we sentencing juveniles to die in prison? The Supreme Court dropped the ball.

Sometimes the Supreme Court gets it wrong. In the case of Bobby Bostic, the mistake will likely cost him his life in prison.

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OP-ED: DC statehood is necessary to fully secure right for women to choose

The fundamental right of a woman to choose her reproductive future is more vulnerable than ever due to appointments of conservative judges to the Supreme Court and coordinated efforts to curtail abortion access by certain states.

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OP-ED: Congress, stop blocking D.C. from regulating its marijuana market

Congress continues to prohibit the District from spending money to enact or carry out any law, rule or regulation to legalize or reduce penalties for marijuana.

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