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

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  • Leave no Road Home homeowner behind: An editorial


    The Road Home travails of Edward Randolph and Almarie Ford illustrate why government officials need to find additional ways to help homeowners wronged by the program.

    The two eastern New Orleans homeowners were among the lead plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging discrimination in the Road Home's formula that paid applicants based on a home's pre-storm value, not the actual cost of rebuilding. A federal judge agreed, and a recent settlement will pay $62 million in rebuilding aid to 1,460 households in metro New Orleans and in Cameron Parish.

  • Texas Schools’ Study Questions Reliance on Harsh Disciplinary Policies


    Today, the Council of State Governments released a new report that helps to raise awareness about the importance of dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline.  Entitled Breaking Schools’ Rules: A Statewide Study of How School Discipline Relates to Students’ Success and Juvenile Justice Involvement, the report is the most in-depth of its kind, exam

  • Class Action Against New York City Over NYPD Checkpoints Allowed To Continue


     MANHATTAN (CN) - Public housing residents can proceed with a class action lawsuit claiming that New York City and the New York City Housing Authority allowed the police to set up "checkpoints" that routinely violated tenants' rights in front of their homes, a federal judge ruled.      

    A lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund praised the decision in an email.      

  • U.S. Sentencing Commission Approves Early-Release Possibility for Inmates Sentenced for Crack-Cocaine Offenses


    A federal commission’s approval of new sentencing guidelines could result in significantly reduced sentences for as many as 12,000 federal inmates now serving time for crack-cocaine offenses.

  • Appellate Lawyer of the Week: John Payton


     The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund celebrated its 70th anniversary at a National Archives event June 21, with President and Director-Counsel John Payton calling the fund the nation's "first civil rights firm."