The Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law confronts the laws, policies, and practices that lead to the oppression and marginalization of people of color. We believe that the racism that permeates our present day legal system has deep roots. By documenting the history of racism in America, elevating the stories of those affected by race-based inequality, and rigorously applying a racial lens to analyze unremitting disparities, we identify actionable, forward-looking solutions to address the injustices caused by racism and then take action.
Academic Solidarity Letter: Stop Cop City
The Center recently authored an open letter on behalf of a collection of race centers and academics across the country, highlighting our deep concerns with the construction of Cop City and the repressive treatment of protesters and movement supporters by state and local law enforcement.
"NYU Law Forum--The State of the Death Penalty: Fifty Years After Furman:" Co-Faculty Director Vincent Southerland moderates a conversation between Alexis Hoag-Fordjour and Aren Adjoian on the death penalty as administered today.
Media: Vincent Southerland on Washington News Bureau
Listen to Co-Faculty Director Vincent Southerland: "New TSA security tech raises concern about the potential of misidentifying minority travelers."
Racial Segregation in Housing Policy (PDF: 20.7 MB) highlights some of the present-day policies and practices that continue to perpetuate a racial caste system in the United States.
Building Safe, Thriving Communities: Research-Based Strategies for Public Safety (PDF: 7.11 MB) lays out a new path for public safety using research-based strategies in policing, prosecution, and sentencing.
The Problem with Parole: New York's Failing System of Release makes policy recommendations to transform the parole system, putting redemption and rehabilitation first.
ACLU's "At Liberty" podcast