The NAACPs Focus on Criminal Justice

Our country’s oldest grassroots organization, The NAACP, was founded in 1909 and now boasts a membership of over a half-million individuals and supporters across the globe. What began as a community civil rights effort has become a premiere human rights advocacy.

What started as an outcry in opposition to the horrific practice of lynching, now stands as a platform for our country’s most prolific human rights activists. The NAACP now supports many human rights causes and helps other groups to mobilize, campaign, and create change that supports equal opportunity for all individuals.

So how does a human rights organization take on current criminal justice concerns. Criminal justice reform is certainly an issue that is problematic from many different angles and one that reach into many different groups.

Unchecked gang violence in metropolitan cities, police training, criminal justice system reforms, racial disparity in incarceration, and the community’s role in changing its own internal dialogue – are just a few of the hard issues that the NAACP is tackling through it criminal justice advocacy platform. Read more: Michael Lacey | Facebook

The issues are so varied and the problems so destructive to many lives that it takes a truly charitable spirit to even consider confronting these larger than life issues.

The Arizona-based Lacey and Larking Frontera Fund has continuously supported advocacy groups that speak out against freedom of speech and human and civil rights. One such group, Justice That Works, looks at a criminal justice system that works to improve the lives of incarcerated individuals and transforming communities in the process. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin:

The argument can be made that inner city crime and the community’s relationship with the local police agencies are a multifaceted problem, and have many contributing factors.

Whether it is the low-performing inner city schools or the privatization of the country’s prison system – at opposite ends of this swinging pendulum – are the major focus, but they should not negate the many other factors surrounding this real problem and the search for real answers.

The charitable fund, founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin is also a story of grassroots efforts that have blossomed into a far-reaching civil rights stand.

Both Lacey and Larkin have experienced the criminal justice system in an up-front and personal manner.

They are currently standing strong in opposition to anti-immigrant sheriff Joe Arpaio – the same culprit in their own illegal detainment for exposing targeted grand jury subpoenas that were later found to be unconstitutional.

A fight against Arpaio is a fight for a justice system that works.