Criminal Justice

The Criminal Law Reform Project (CLRP) focuses its work on the “front end” of the criminal justice system—from policing to sentencing— seeking to end excessively harsh criminal justice policies that result in mass incarceration, over-criminalization, and racial injustice, and stand in the way of a fair and equal society. -ACLU

It is because the organizers of Race in The Heartland agree, that we ask the tough questions to ensure we are doing our part in creating a diverse and culturally competent tomorrow. Some of those questions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • What policies are in place to protect citizens from racial profiling?
  • Are there diversion programs in place for youth?
  • Should felon voter rights be automatically restored after prison sentence is completed?
  • What role do our elected officials play in combating injustices in the criminal justice system?
  • What does true rehabilitation look like?
  • AND MORE…….

While we cant touch on every topic at this year’s conference, we hope to continue exploring all variables in conferences to come. In order for you to view data which inspired some of the topics to be discussed, the following links have been provided for your convenience. For Iowa click Here, for Wisconsin click Here, and for Illinois click Here.