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FCC Issues Order to Lower Prison Phone Rates

FCC Issues Order to Lower Prison Phone Rates

by Jamilah King on August 9 2013, 12:11PM

It’s an historic move by the Commission and years in the making.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

AG Holder Hints at Major Drug Sentencing Reforms Coming

AG Holder Hints at Major Drug Sentencing Reforms Coming

by Brentin Mock on August 8 2013, 11:40AM

Looks like Attorney General Eric Holder is drawing the curtains on the War on Drugs

Topics: Criminal Justice, Drug War, /NOW

Jay Smooth: The Magical Danger of Sagging Pants

Jay Smooth: The Magical Danger of Sagging Pants

by Aura Bogado on August 1 2013, 3:52PM

Jay Smooth was surprised to learn that structural inequalities suddenly disappear when black people stop sagging their pants.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Media, /NOW

15 Shots at Unarmed Black Man Were OK, Says Fla. Sheriff

15 Shots at Unarmed Black Man Were OK, Says Fla. Sheriff

by Akiba Solomon on August 1 2013, 3:36PM

Pending an investigation, Escambia County, Fla., authorities are “comfortable” with deputies’ actions.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Student Abandoned in Tiny Government Cell to Receive $4.1 Million

Student Abandoned in Tiny Government Cell to Receive $4.1 Million

by Aura Bogado on July 30 2013, 3:11PM

Daniel Chong was trapped for five days without a window, food, water, toilet, or any contact. He is still being treated for posttraumatic stress disorder.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Students Have Taken Over Florida Governor's Office Demanding Justice For Trayvon

Students Have Taken Over Florida Governor’s Office Demanding Justice For Trayvon

by Brentin Mock on July 18 2013, 1:57PM

Students as young as nine years old are camping at the state capitol to push for new laws that protect them from racial profiling.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth, Trayvon Martin

LIVE CHAT: What's Justice for Trayvon? Play

LIVE CHAT: What’s Justice for Trayvon?

by Stacia L. Brown on July 18 2013, 8:02AM

Watch the conversation here at 12p eastern and join it on Twitter at #HoodiesUpNext.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Trayvon Martin

Putting Casual Racism on Trial

Putting Casual Racism on Trial

by Aura Bogado on July 18 2013, 7:00AM

How silence on race intensified racism in the George Zimmerman trial.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Trayvon Martin

How Zimmerman's Colorblind Trial Helps the Justice Dept.'s Case

How Zimmerman’s Colorblind Trial Helps the Justice Dept.’s Case

by Brentin Mock on July 17 2013, 12:14PM

States don’t do well prosecuting hate crimes. The Feds are built for it.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Politics, Trayvon Martin

A Multiracial Call for Justice [Photos] Photo

A Multiracial Call for Justice [Photos]

by Erin Zipper on July 16 2013, 6:00AM

After the Zimmerman not-guilty verdict, people from all walks of life have rallied to send a powerful message: Race does matter in the Trayvon Martin tragedy.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Trayvon Martin

Hurt, Sorrow, Anger: A First Look at Reactions to the Zimmerman Verdict

Hurt, Sorrow, Anger: A First Look at Reactions to the Zimmerman Verdict

by Julianne Hing on July 13 2013, 10:58PM

Of both second-degree murder and manslaughter.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

 Zimmerman Defense to Introduce Controversial Animation at Closing

Zimmerman Defense to Introduce Controversial Animation at Closing

by Aura Bogado on July 10 2013, 9:27AM

George Zimmerman’s defense team won’t be able to enter the animation into evidence, but is allowed to play it for the jury during closing statements.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

30K Calif. Prisoners on Hunger Strike

30K Calif. Prisoners on Hunger Strike

by Julianne Hing on July 9 2013, 12:31PM

Hundreds of inmates have been held in solitary confinement for decades.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Google Play's 'Angry Trayvon' Game Ignites Fury on Twitter

Google Play’s ‘Angry Trayvon’ Game Ignites Fury on Twitter

by Jamilah King on July 9 2013, 9:15AM

Talk about bad taste.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Tracy Martin: 'I Was Listening to my Son's Last Cries for Help'

Tracy Martin: ‘I Was Listening to my Son’s Last Cries for Help’

by Aura Bogado on July 8 2013, 5:25PM

Trayvon Martin’s father takes the witness stand in George Zimmerman’s murder trial.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

'Fruitvale Station,' a Landmark

‘Fruitvale Station,’ a Landmark

by Julianne Hing on July 8 2013, 8:48AM

A new feature film on Oscar Grant’s killing takes its name from a landmark in a community that’s lived through, and fought back against, too much police violence.

Topics: 'Fruitvale Station', Arts & Culture, Criminal Justice

Federal Judge Needs Evidence Louisiana Prison Gets Extra Hot in July

Federal Judge Needs Evidence Louisiana Prison Gets Extra Hot in July

by Brentin Mock on July 3 2013, 3:26PM

Judge denies preliminary injunction that would protect death row inmates from extreme heat. Says he needs more evidence

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Social Media Shows Love for Rachel Jeantel

Social Media Shows Love for Rachel Jeantel

by Jamilah King on June 28 2013, 11:00AM

#LoveForRachel was trending on Twitter this week.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Meet Zimmerman Murder Trial Juror B-37 (AKA, The Parrot Lady)

Meet Zimmerman Murder Trial Juror B-37 (AKA, The Parrot Lady)

by Aura Bogado on June 20 2013, 3:55PM

One of the Zimmerman jurors was too busy taking care of her exotic animals to pay attention to the death of Trayvon Martin.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Mistrial Declared for Police Officer Who Killed Aiyana Jones

Mistrial Declared for Police Officer Who Killed Aiyana Jones

by Julianne Hing on June 19 2013, 11:14AM

The 7-year-old was shot and killed during a police raid on her grandmother’s home.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW