About Me

Carl Takei is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Trone Center for Justice and Equality at the American Civil Liberties Union. After nearly eight years of litigating prison conditions class action suits at the ACLU’s National Prison Project, he recently shifted to a newly-created position coordinating the ACLU’s nationwide police practices litigation.

Carl is lead author of the 2016 ACLU report Shutting Down the Profiteers: Why and How the Department of Homeland Security Should Stop Using Private Prisons and the 2014 ACLU report Warehoused and Forgotten: Immigrants Trapped in Our Shadow Private Prison System, and a co-author of the 2016 ACLU/NIJC/DWN report Fatal Neglect: How ICE Ignores Deaths in DetentionHe also recently published a law review article in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change entitled “From Mass Incarceration to Mass Control, and Back Again: How Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform May Lead to a For-Profit Nightmare.” He has testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, testified to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ working group on mercenaries, briefed members of Congress, published numerous op-eds, and appeared on various televion shows including C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry to discuss criminal justice and immigration detention issues.

Before joining the National ACLU, Carl served as a Staff Attorney/Tony Dunn Foundation Law Fellow at the ACLU of the Nation’s Capital and as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Paul Barbadoro in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire. Carl holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from Boston College Law School and an A.B. from Brown University.

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