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A Unique Alternative to a Prison Economy

A Unique Alternative to a Prison Economy

by Von Diaz on September 23 2013, 7:00AM

Prisons are big business in upstate New York, but many are closing. Milk Not Jails is working to promote a new industry in the state’s shifting rural landscape.

Topics: Criminal Justice, How We Eat

Attorney General Outlines Changes on Mandatory Minimums

Attorney General Outlines Changes on Mandatory Minimums

by Aura Bogado on September 20 2013, 12:13PM

But is it really retroactive?

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Has Stop-and-Frisk Been Replaced by Youth Surveillance?

Has Stop-and-Frisk Been Replaced by Youth Surveillance?

by Von Diaz on September 19 2013, 3:41PM

An article in today’s New York Times claims the NYPD is increasingly monitoring social media for youth gang activity.

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security, /NOW

Judge Orders Retrial of Officers in Hurricane Katrina Bridge Shootings

Judge Orders Retrial of Officers in Hurricane Katrina Bridge Shootings

by Jamilah King on September 18 2013, 10:31AM

Their convictions were thrown out after what a U.S. judge called “grotesque prosecutorial misconduct.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Necessary Tension Around Obama at March on Washington 50th Anniversary

Necessary Tension Around Obama at March on Washington 50th Anniversary

by Brentin Mock on August 23 2013, 4:04PM

Looking at the blurred lines between Barack Obama and Martin Luther King.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Politics

Watch: Cops Plant Crack in Black Business to Arrest Owner

Watch: Cops Plant Crack in Black Business to Arrest Owner

by Jamilah King on August 21 2013, 10:26AM

Cops were willing to go above and beyond to insure one man’s arrest, including planting crack cocaine in clear view of the store’s multiple security cameras.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

The Economics of Stop and Frisk

The Economics of Stop and Frisk

by Imara Jones on August 18 2013, 3:12PM

The inequitable application of our laws and unjustifiable focus of the criminal justice system on people of color has always been big business.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Economy, Stop and Frisk

Stop and Frisk, South Asians and Kal Penn's Tweets

Stop and Frisk, South Asians and Kal Penn’s Tweets

by Rinku Sen, Deepa Iyer on August 16 2013, 3:26PM

South Asian leaders oppose stop and frisk, and Kal Penn agrees.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Movement, Stop and Frisk

Correctional Officers Don't Like Mandatory Minimums, Either

Correctional Officers Don’t Like Mandatory Minimums, Either

by Aura Bogado on August 15 2013, 4:52PM

There’s a growing—and surprising—call to reform mandatory sentencing minimums.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Dream Defenders Leave Capitol, Heading for Governor's Home

Dream Defenders Leave Capitol, Heading for Governor’s Home

by Brentin Mock on August 15 2013, 4:30PM

The Dream Defenders are now taking their struggle from the capitol building to their communities.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Judge Rules That NYC's Stop-and-Frisk Violates Rights, Orders Monitor

Judge Rules That NYC’s Stop-and-Frisk Violates Rights, Orders Monitor

by Jamilah King on August 12 2013, 11:23AM

A federal judge ruled on Monday that the New York City Police Department’s Stop-and-Frisk policy unlawfully targeted people on the basis of race.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Stop and Frisk

Holder: 'We Can't Incarcerate Our Way to Becoming a Safer Nation'

Holder: ‘We Can’t Incarcerate Our Way to Becoming a Safer Nation’

by Brentin Mock on August 12 2013, 9:33AM

Holder will seek ways to reduce sentences for nonviolent, non-gang affiliated drug dealers.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

The Secret Weapon in the Prison Phone Rate Fight? Familes

The Secret Weapon in the Prison Phone Rate Fight? Familes

by Jamilah King on August 12 2013, 7:00AM

A campaign led by the families of prisoners finally pushed the FCC’s hand toward regulating the prison phone industry.

Topics: Criminal Justice

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