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What's in Store for Oakland With 'Supercop' William Bratton on the Beat?

What’s in Store for Oakland With ‘Supercop’ William Bratton on the Beat?

by Ali Winston on February 5 2013, 8:48AM

The city is struggling with violent crime and police scandal. But is Bratton’s reputation for cleaning up both things earned, or just saber-rattling and good PR.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Stop and Frisk

Man Who Killed Latino For Pulling in to Wrong Drive Way Out on Bail

Man Who Killed Latino For Pulling in to Wrong Drive Way Out on Bail

by Jorge Rivas on January 31 2013, 11:29AM

Phillip Walker Sailors, the man who shot and killed 22-year-old Rodrigo Diaz for pulling in to his driveway is out on bail.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Where Do You Draw the Line Between Privacy and Public Safety? [Reader Forum]

Where Do You Draw the Line Between Privacy and Public Safety? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on January 28 2013, 9:03AM

Readers sound off on the policing of people of color everywhere, from the streets to between the sheets.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Health

Oakland Hires Former LAPD Chief Who Says Cities Without 'Stop-and-Frisk' Are Doomed

Oakland Hires Former LAPD Chief Who Says Cities Without ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Are Doomed

by Jorge Rivas on January 23 2013, 1:07PM

Bratton also served as the New York City Police Commissioner and Boston Police Commissioner.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

'Gun Appreciation Day' Founder Says Slavery Wouldn't Have Happened if Slaves Were Armed

‘Gun Appreciation Day’ Founder Says Slavery Wouldn’t Have Happened if Slaves Were Armed

by Jorge Rivas on January 11 2013, 5:23PM

The chairman of Gun Appreciation Day Larry Ward is taking ‘Django Unchained’ a little too seriously.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

N.Y. Judge Rules Part of 'Stop-and-Frisk' is Unconstitutional

N.Y. Judge Rules Part of ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ is Unconstitutional

by Jorge Rivas on January 8 2013, 2:40PM

Manhattan Judge Shira Scheindlin said the practice of stopping people suspected of trespassing outside private buildings in the Bronx was unconstitutional.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Inmate Dies in Arpaio's Tent City

Inmate Dies in Arpaio’s Tent City

by Jorge Rivas on January 7 2013, 3:58PM

Authorities believe the inmate died of natural causes but an investigation has been launched into his death.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Homicides Increase After States Adopt 'Stand Your Ground' Laws, Study Finds

Homicides Increase After States Adopt ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws, Study Finds

by Jorge Rivas on January 4 2013, 12:34PM

The study by Texas A&M economist Mark Hoekstra also also found the laws have “zero deterrence” effect.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

FCC Proposal: Limit Burden on Families From $1.2B Prison Phone Biz

FCC Proposal: Limit Burden on Families From $1.2B Prison Phone Biz

by Jorge Rivas on January 3 2013, 3:19PM

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn noted that in some states one 15-minute interstate phone call from a prison can cost $17.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Tennessee Signs Landmark DOJ Agreement to Right Its Juvenile Justice Wrongs

by Julianne Hing on December 19 2012, 1:57PM

The Shelby County juvenile justice system is especially and disproportionately harsh on black kids, while denying kids of all races their basic due process rights.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

The School-to-Prison Pipeline Gets Its First-Ever Airing in the Senate

The School-to-Prison Pipeline Gets Its First-Ever Airing in the Senate

by Julianne Hing on December 13 2012, 9:54AM

Wednesday’s Judiciary Committee hearing comes on the heels of a Justice Department suit against Meridian, Miss., where school officials are charged with routinely locking kids up for petty offenses.

Topics: Criminal Justice, School-to-Prison, Schools & Youth

Walmart Security Guard Kills Woman Who Had Two Kids in Backseat of Car

Walmart Security Guard Kills Woman Who Had Two Kids in Backseat of Car

by Jorge Rivas on December 10 2012, 1:10PM

Her parents say, even if she did commit a crime, did she need to die?

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

LAPD Apologizes to Biggie Smalls' Family for Autopsy Lapse

LAPD Apologizes to Biggie Smalls’ Family for Autopsy Lapse

by Jorge Rivas on December 10 2012, 12:37PM

The detectives had intended to notify the rapper’s family, but the report was released prematurely “due to an administrative error.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

George Zimmerman Sues NBC Over Edited 911 Tape

George Zimmerman Sues NBC Over Edited 911 Tape

by Jorge Rivas on December 7 2012, 11:16AM

Zimmerman is charged in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Terrorism Suspect Pleads in Yet Another NYPD Case Riddled With Questions

Terrorism Suspect Pleads in Yet Another NYPD Case Riddled With Questions

by Seth Freed Wessler on December 5 2012, 10:44AM

The city’s ongoing use of informants to create terror plots it can then prosecute raised concerns of even the FBI in Ahmed Ferhani’s case.

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security, Spying

US Court Upholds $1 Mil for Latino Student Harassed in High School

US Court Upholds $1 Mil for Latino Student Harassed in High School

by Jorge Rivas on December 4 2012, 11:57AM

One of the biggest awards ever issued in a high school racial harassment case was upheld by a New York Court on Monday.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

French Media Outlets Report Strauss-Kahn, NY Maid Settle for $6 Million

French Media Outlets Report Strauss-Kahn, NY Maid Settle for $6 Million

by Jorge Rivas on November 30 2012, 8:49AM

The two largest French newspapers Le Monde and Le Figaro are reporting Strauss-Kahn and Diallo are expected to meet on December 7 to “sign a financial agreement ending the civil proceedings.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Spanish-Speaker Spends Months Locked Up After Interpreter Dies

Spanish-Speaker Spends Months Locked Up After Interpreter Dies

by Seth Freed Wessler on November 28 2012, 9:35AM

If you’re fluent in English and Spanish and looking for a job, Mississippi needs you.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Obama Nominates First Openly Gay Latina Federal Judge

by Jorge Rivas on November 27 2012, 12:42PM

If confirmed by the Senate, Judge Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro would be the first out gay Latina to serve on the federal bench.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

NY's Rikers Island Inmates Paid 39 Cents Per Hour to Work in Sandy Recovery

NY’s Rikers Island Inmates Paid 39 Cents Per Hour to Work in Sandy Recovery

by Jorge Rivas on November 26 2012, 2:08PM

There was no Hurricane Sandy evacuation plan for inmates inside New York City’s main jail complex on Riker’s Island but they were certainly put to work in the recovery efforts.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW