A year ago today, George Floyd died at the hands of then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. On the anniversary of his tragic murder, our thoughts are with his family and loved ones who endure his loss.
Over the past year, we have witnessed the expansion of a national and global civil rights movement calling for change. Racial disparities infect the criminal and juvenile justice systems at all points—from initial contact and victimization to detention and incarceration, to reentry into the community. While the conviction of Derek Chauvin last month was a step toward healing, the work to advance safety, equity, and justice continue.
All of us at The Council of State Governments Justice Center are unequivocally committed to tackling racial injustices. We are determined to ensure that every Black person in America can trust in the criminal justice system to treat them fairly and with dignity and respect.
Today, we pause to reflect and honor George Floyd’s life and legacy. We will continue to support state and local officials committed to dismantling racial inequities, offering second chances, and improving public safety for everyone.
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