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Criminal Justice

LDF has always worked to ensure that our nation’s criminal justice laws are administered fairly and without regard to race. Although the criminal justice system remains riddled with racial bias, LDF’s Criminal Justice Practice uses litigation, advocacy, and public education to eliminate the improper role of race in the criminal justice system. We stand at the forefront of this effort.

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Program Work

Abuse of Police Discretion

Davis v. City of New York

Are residents of public housing in New York City entitled to be free from police harassment in their homes just like other New Yorkers?  Can they be stopped or arrested without regard for their rights?  Has NYC criminalized traveling home or visiting a friend while black or brown?...

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Abuse of Police Discretion

Tolan v. Cotton

On Monday, April 5, 2014, the United States Supreme Court announced that the excessive force lawsuit filed by Washington Nationals baseball player, Robbie Tolan, was...

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Fair Sentencing

Reforming California's "Three Strikes" Policy

At the time it was enacted in 1994, California’s “Three Strikes and You’re Out” law, was widely considered to be the harshest sentencing law in the United States. Thousands of people have been sentenced to life in prison for minor crimes like simple drug possession and petty theft.

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