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"The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is simply the best civil rights law firm in American history." -- President Obama

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

Policing Reform Campaign

Policing Reform Campaign


The United States is undeniably in a national policing crisis.  In the past year, many unarmed African Americans, including Eric Garner of Staten Island, New York, Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri, and Natasha McKenna of Fairfax, Virginia, have lost their lives at...

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?...

Fair Sentencing

United States v. Blewett

On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, the full (en banc) United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit heard oral arguments in U.S. v. Blewett, to decide whether the Fair Sentencing Act (FSA) of 2010 -- which reduced the federal government's notorious 100:1...