Criminal Justice

Criminal Law Reform Project


The Criminal Law Reform Project is a division of the national ACLU. Our goal is to put an end to excessively harsh crime policies that result in mass incarceration and stand in the way of a just and equal society.

Founded in 1998 and formerly known as the Drug Law Reform Project, the Project focuses its work at the “front end” of the criminal justice system, from policing to sentencing, with an emphasis on ending our nation’s punitive drug policies, which have failed to achieve public safety and health while putting unprecedented numbers of people behind bars and eroding constitutional rights. We fulfill our mission through strategic litigation and advocacy that promotes reform of the criminal justice system and drug laws in particular, reduces the number of people entering the system, and protects the constitutional rights of those in the system.

Read more about the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project, including “Safe Communities, Fair Sentences” the ACLU’s campaign to end mass incarceration.