About Us

The Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law confronts the laws, policies, and practices that lead to the oppression and marginalization of people of color. We believe that the racism that permeates our present day legal system has deep roots. By documenting the history of racism in America, elevating the stories of those affected by race-based inequality, and rigorously applying a racial lens to analyze unremitting disparities, we identify actionable, forward-looking solutions to address the injustices caused by racism and then take action. Read our annual report.

Our Work

Apply Now: Inaugural Summer Academy on Law, Organizing, and Power Building

Deadline: June 28th, 2022

We invite rising second- and third-year law students from New York City law schools to apply to The Action Lab (TAL)the Law and Political Economy (LPE) Project and the Initiative for Community Power’s first ever Summer Academy on Law, Organizing, and Power Building.

More information can be found here

Latest Event

"Racing Religion: A Conversation with Sahar Aziz": Executive Director Jason Williamson and Professor Sahar Aziz discuss Professor Aziz's latest book and the long standing tension between race and religion in the United States.

Media: Deborah Archer on The Daily Show

Listen to Co-Faculty Director Deborah Archer discuss "How Racism is Built into America's Interstate Highways"

Recent Reports

Racial Segregation in Housing Policy (PDF: 20.7 MB) highlights some of the present-day policies and practices that continue to perpetuate a racial caste system in the United States.

Building Safe, Thriving Communities: Research-Based Strategies for Public Safety (PDF: 7.11 MB) lays out a new path for public safety using research-based strategies in policing, prosecution, and sentencing.

The Problem with Parole: New York's Failing System of Release makes policy recommendations to transform the parole system, putting redemption and rehabilitation first. 

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Press Highlights

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