About the Smart Justice Campaign

The Campaign for Smart Justice is an unprecedented, multi-year effort to eliminate racism in the criminal legal system and reduce the U.S. jail and prison population by 50 percent.

The campaign 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 that stand in the way of a fair and equal society.

Our fight is for statewide reforms to police practices, indigent defense systems, disproportionate sentencing and government abuses of authority in the name of fighting crime. We are also seeking alternatives to drug policies that have failed to achieve public safety and health while putting an unprecedented number of people behind bars. In addition to working to reverse the tide of over-incarceration, we also seek to protect constitutional rights, eliminate racial disparities, and increase government accountability and transparency.

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Learn more about this unprecedented ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice here.

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