Friday, April 21, 2017



WASHINGTON, D.C. APRIL 21, 2017 This morning on News One Now, host and managing editor Roland Martin spoke with Ames Grawert, counsel in the Justice Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, and activist Jamira Burley about attorney general Jeff Sessions’ continual pushback in moving forward with criminal justice reform.  Sessions has been cutting back on a significant number of reforms laid out by President Obama, under the argument that having reform in place is going to make crime numbers skyrocket. The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU’s School of Law has repeatedly stated that Sessions is wrong and that the Trump administration is pushing misguided fears on the American people.

“They want to create the narrative that people in this country aren’t safe and that the only way they can be safe is by listening to what the administration is telling them and falling into line with their policies. If you talk to some of the police leaders in Baltimore, they’ll tell you they are actually pleased to see police reform going into effect,” says Grawert. If you talk to police officers across the country they say we don’t need to be going after small time immigration violations, we need to be going after violent crime. If we start with this complete reinvention of our criminal justice system, back to the way it used to be, there’s no proof that it will actually make us safer and it will make us a lot less fair of a country.”
Added Burley, “I think to allude to the fact that we have violence increasing across the country is actually false. We know that violence has decreased more than 40% over the last two decades, and so this is a time for local officials and community activists to push back against this narrative and show the American public that we’ve made progress and it hasn’t been by arresting more people.”
Trump and Criminal Justice Reform
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Martin also spoke with drummer Cora Dunham and singer Shelby J, both of whom worked with Prince during his career. “People are still grieving, but we’re grieving together. We’re here to support each other. It’s a sense of celebration. And you can just see all of the people that he touched in his life because that’s what matters,” said Shelby. Added Dunham, “His influence on so many artists on so many levels is so great. I think his legacy and his impact is going to be constantly celebrated as much as people can have the opportunity to express it. Even through fashion and business we know music, but…the way he saw life. I think he’ll always be honored.”

Remembering Prince
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