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Celebrating 75 Years of LDF
A Wild Justice: The Death and Resurrection of Capital Punishment in America by Evan J. Mandery highlights LDF's role in the movement to end the death penalty. Mandery describes LDF as influential on "every major death penalty case in the United States" and "the leading voice in the abolition movement, dominating all others."
The New York Times highlighted the efforts of Communities United for Police Reform which recently achieved a major legal victory in the movement against Stop-and-Frisk tactics. LDF's representatives to CUPR are Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele and Marquis Jenkins.
“We’ve had a lot of people writing in about changes and that’s been a really great thing,” Natasha Korgaonkar, assistant counsel in NAACP LDF’s Political Participation Group, told POLITICO. “We’re also keeping our eyes and ears out. Some of the smallest changes that are harder to ascertain from afar are some of the most devastating, or can be, like polling place changes.”
Sherrilyn Ifill appeared on Hardball with Gov. Pataki. They discussed A.G. Holder's speech on sentencing reform, as well as the landmark Stop-and-Frisk ruling which declared the NYPD's tactics violate rights.
"The reality is that crime began to go down in New York in the 1990s, when David Dinkins was mayor, before we implemented Stop-and-Frisk. And all over the country, crime has been going down. We're at these astonishingly low rates of crime and the question is, can we now begin to correct some of the excesses like Stop-and-Frisk?"
Justice Sequestered is Justice Denied
Southerland Discusses Sequester’s Devastating Effects
on Federal Defender Programs