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18 Feb, 7 tweets, 1 min read
BREAKING: Ahead of Attorney General-designate Merrick Garland’s Senate confirmation hearing, we’re urging him to make strong, on-the-record commitments on five critical criminal justice issues.
To combat the mass incarceration epidemic, Attorney General Garland must:

▫️Direct prosecutors to stop charging mandatory minimums when alternative charges are available
▫️De-prioritize marijuana prosecutions, as well as misdemeanor possession cases
▫️Support the MORE Act
To begin by reversing the damage done by the Trump administration’s explicit endorsements of police violence, he will need to:

▫️Adopt a federal use of force standard
▫️Prohibit civil asset forfeiture programs that enable the militarization of police departments
To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in detention facilities, Garland must:

▫️Offer vaccinations with appropriate patient education and incentives to all persons in custody
▫️Expand BOP’s use of home confinement
▫️End DOJ’s opposition to compassionate release motions
The federal death penalty is racist, arbitrary, and unfair. Attorney General Garland should:

▫️Immediately suspend all federal executions
▫️Make it the policy of DOJ to not seek the death penalty in any case
▫️Support executive clemency for individuals on federal death row
COVID-19 infection rates and deaths have been exacerbated in prisons and jails due to increased use of solitary confinement in lieu of medical isolation. We urge him to:

▫️Commit to swiftly end the ineffective and inhumane use of solitary confinement during the pandemic
It's imperative that the Biden Department of Justice provides a chance at redemption for those who are still bearing the burden of a generations long war on drugs, and the world's largest system of mass incarceration which disparately impacts people of color.

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20 Feb
The US is facing a child poverty crisis. 36% of all children born in this country — and more than half of all Black and Latinx children — live in poverty or near-poverty.

COVID-19 is exacerbating this crisis.…
This racial disparity isn’t an accident: It tracks with a racial wealth gap, which finds that the average white family has accumulated wealth that is 10x more than the average Black family.

This gap is the result of centuries of systemic racism.
Child poverty isn’t just unnecessary and tragic — it has a profound cost to our country.

Children born into poverty face increased risk of toxic stress that can stunt development and create opportunity gaps that can last a lifetime.
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19 Feb
BREAKING: Today, we filed an amicus brief with @NAACP_LDF, @RSI, and @ACLUFL in SCOTUS, arguing the that the First Step Act made all people sentenced under harsh and unfair crack cocaine drug laws eligible for resentencing.…
This case will determine whether relief is possible for people serving extraordinarily long sentences for crack cocaine offenses handed down under an almost universally condemned law that led to vast racial disparities.
From 1986 to 2010, people convicted for possessing 5 grams of crack cocaine were treated the same as those convicted for possessing 500 grams of powder cocaine.

Approximately 85% of people federally convicted of crack offenses are Black.
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19 Feb
COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on people living in nursing homes and congregate settings.

Congress must act to protect essential workers and ensure people with disabilities can access needed services safely in their own homes — not in institutions overwhelmed by COVID-19.
Congress must make sure that additional Medicaid funding for Home and Community Based Services is in the next COVID relief package to protect people with disabilities, seniors and support essential workers.
HCBS funding would help maintain life-saving programs for people with disabilities and also provide critical benefits for home care workers — such as paid family leave or sick leave, PPE, and hazard pay.
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17 Feb
BREAKING: We’re calling on President Biden to pause all federal government use of face recognition technology.

This tech is flawed, biased against people of color, women, trans people, and more.

Even if it worked exactly as advertised, it would be a nightmare. Let’s explain.
Study after study has confirmed this bias.

One study showed that face recognition tech failed in identifying Black women nearly 1/3 of the time, but was more accurate on white men.

Subsequent studies, including by @ACLU_NorCal and the government, have confirmed these findings.
These biases have real consequences that disproportionately harm Black people.

Robert Williams, Michael Oliver, and Nijeer Parks are all Black men who were wrongly arrested and detained because of this technology.…
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17 Feb
BREAKING: Today, the House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties hosted a hearing on HR 40, a bill that would not only study the history of slavery and racial discrimination, but also make recommendations for reparations to Congress.
The scars created by hundreds of years of chattel slavery and racially discriminatory government policies are deep and will require real resources and investment in communities that have been harmed.
The aftermath of enslavement left African Americans facing the terrorism of widespread lynchings and targeted massacres.

Black people's lives and human dignity were denied across civic life — from criminal justice, to economic justice, to voting rights.…
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All of the levers of government can work to ensure that ALL people living in America — no matter our race, sexuality, gender identity, disability, religion, or faith — have equal access to our country's promises of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
We're making specific demands of the Biden administration and Congress that will advance societal equity for and empower the civic participation of Black people, close the racial wealth gap, and seek to reconcile our nation's racist past.

These policies include:
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