Judge Finds Racial Bias in Death Penalty Sentencing of North Carolina Man

Just days before the 25th anniversary of McCleskey v. Kemp, a North Carolina judge today ruled that racial bias impacted the death penalty conviction of Marcus Robinson and re-sentenced him to to life imprisonment without possibility of parole. This was the first case applying the historic and ground-breaking Racial Justice Act, enacted by the North … Continue reading Judge Finds Racial Bias in Death Penalty Sentencing of North Carolina Man

We’re Ready to End the Death Penalty and We Need Your Help

Last night's execution of an innocent man, Troy Anthony Davis, by the State of Georgia demands that we renew efforts to end the death penalty. "Troy's execution, the exceptional unfairness of it, will only hasten the end of the death penalty in the United States," wrote Ben Jealous of the NAACP last night. "The world … Continue reading We’re Ready to End the Death Penalty and We Need Your Help

We’re Ready to End the Death Penalty and We Need Your Help

Last night's execution of an innocent man, Troy Anthony Davis, by the State of Georgia demands that we renew efforts to end the death penalty. "Troy's execution, the exceptional unfairness of it, will only hasten the end of the death penalty in the United States," wrote Ben Jealous of the NAACP last night. "The world … Continue reading We’re Ready to End the Death Penalty and We Need Your Help

EJS Meets with Leading Death Penalty Litigators in Montgomery, Ala.

In August, the EJS legal team traveled to Montgomery, Alabama, the birthplace of the civil rights movement, where we met with death penalty litigators from around the country to identify strategies to overturn McCleskey v. Kemp, a 1987 Supreme Court case in which a habeas petitioner presented statistical evidence showing grave disparities in the imposition … Continue reading EJS Meets with Leading Death Penalty Litigators in Montgomery, Ala.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Voter Disenfranchisement Law, Citing Lack of ‘Intentional’ Discrimination

A recent decision by an eleven-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit underscores the importance of the Equal Justice Society's efforts to overturn the Intent Doctrine. Earlier this year, the Equal Justice Society (EJS), the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, and the American Parole and Probation Association submitted an amicus … Continue reading Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Voter Disenfranchisement Law, Citing Lack of ‘Intentional’ Discrimination

Reggie Shuford Lecture on Implicit Bias and the Law at Berkeley Law’s Ruth Chance Mondays

Reggie Shuford, EJS Director of Law and Policy, was the guest lecturer today at Ruth Chance Monday, sponsored by Berkeley Law's Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice. Joining theory and practice, Ruth Chance Mondays is a biweekly luncheon speakers series that brings prominent social justice practitioners to Boalt Hall to discuss current issues and … Continue reading Reggie Shuford Lecture on Implicit Bias and the Law at Berkeley Law’s Ruth Chance Mondays

Reggie Shuford Lecture on Implicit Bias and the Law at Berkeley Law’s Ruth Chance Mondays

Reggie Shuford, EJS Director of Law and Policy, was the guest lecturer today at Ruth Chance Monday, sponsored by Berkeley Law's Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice. Joining theory and practice, Ruth Chance Mondays is a biweekly luncheon speakers series that brings prominent social justice practitioners to Boalt Hall to discuss current issues and … Continue reading Reggie Shuford Lecture on Implicit Bias and the Law at Berkeley Law’s Ruth Chance Mondays

Share Your Unconscious Bias Stories With Us

The Equal Justice Society is working to deepen awareness of unconscious bias through the use of storytelling in television and movies (read more about our related activities). There are a host of interesting stories that can be packaged to Hollywood to both entertain and educate people on the ways that unintentional racism still permeates. We … Continue reading Share Your Unconscious Bias Stories With Us