“Dream Summer” is the first national internship program for Dream Act student leaders. The program aims to build on the extraordinary courage and leadership demonstrated by the undocumented students who championed the national Dream Act movement in 2010.
Decades after the start of the so-called "tough on crime" era, the U.S. slowly seems to be inching away from the failed policies that have made it the world's largest incarcerator (the U.S. has five percent of the world's population and about 25 percent of the world's prisoners).
For those of us who consider criminal justice reform to be one of the leading civil rights issues of our time, there are hopeful signs that we might be entering a new era. We are no longer turning a blind eye to the damage being done to our communities by an out-of-control criminal justice system, or ignoring the pervasive racial bias that undermines the very legitimacy of the system itself.