Our work challenges pervasive abuses of power by criminal prosecutors and other system actors. We create accountability for officials who have historically acted with impunity, and we change entrenched narratives about the purposes and effects of criminal prosecution. This portfolio replicates what Civil Rights Corps has done with modern debtors’ prisons and the money bail system: we use rigorous, innovative litigation; advocacy centered on directly impacted communities; and storytelling to change the legal discourse and cultural narrative around long-settled and entrenched norms that created and that perpetuate our country’s era of mass human caging.
Officers of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Washington, DC routinely employ false statements and omissions to obtain search warrants that are plainly unsupported by probable cause. MPD officers then execute those warrants using excessive force, physically assaulting people, damaging their property, and endangering lives. This is an egregious constitutional violation so we challenged the systemic misconduct and recklessness of the MPD in obtaining and executing search warrants.
We challenge a diversion program that charges hundreds of dollars in fees to low-level marijuana offenders, trapping poor people in cycles of debt.