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Criminal Justice & Civil Rights

Criminal Justice & Civil Rights

Black male incarceration rates have consistently increased throughout most of the 20th and 21st centuries. The criminal justice system’s impact on Black males represents a formidable challenge to African American families.

CSSBMB’s objective is to make national and state policymakers and other community partners aware of socioeconomic disparities and the disproportionate number of Black men and boys adversely impacted by the criminal justice system. Racial inequality, barriers to formerly incarcerated Black men reentering society, loss of civil rights, and ineligibility for employment and housing are a few of the identified challenges facing Black men and boys and their families. CSSBMB examines, evaluates, and promotes effective reforms to address these issues.

Featured Resources

Annual Report FY2023. Washington, D.C.: Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys, 2024.