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Civil Rights and Race Relations in America and Their Impact on the Lives of African Americans
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Step by step, the Supreme Court has been trying to reshape the way the American criminal justice system deals with those under the age of 18. In Miller v. Alabama this June, it ruled that a mandatory life sentence without parole for a juvenile is cruel and unusual punishment, even when the crime is homicide.
Californians brought a close to a shameful period in the state’s history when they voted this month to soften the infamous “three strikes” sentencing law. The original law was approved by ballot initiative in 1994, not long after a parolee kidnapped and murdered a 12-year-old girl. It was sold to voters as a way of getting killers, rapists and child molesters off the streets for good.
The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund announced today that it has named Sherrilyn Ifill its new president and director-counsel.
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Civil Rights Attorney & Law Professor Sherrilyn Ifill Named President and Director-Counsel of NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF)11/19/12
Civil Rights Scholar, Litigator, Author, Philanthropist and Civic Leader to Return to America's Premier Legal Organization Fighting for Racial Justice