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Morehouse Alum Jeh Johnson Tapped to Head Homeland Security

Morehouse Alum Jeh Johnson Tapped to Head Homeland Security

by Brentin Mock on October 17 2013, 4:19PM

Obama will tap an African American, Jeh Johnson, to succeed Janet Napolitano as head of the Department of Homeland Security

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, National Security, /NOW, Politics

Marissa Alexander Supporters Call for Release, Not a New Trial

Marissa Alexander Supporters Call for Release, Not a New Trial

by Aura Bogado on October 10 2013, 7:00AM

Some advocates for the Florida mom who was jailed for firing a warning shot during an altercation with her husband say a fair retrail isn’t possible

Topics: Criminal Justice

Watch an NYPD Officer Speak Out Against Stop-and-Frisk

Watch an NYPD Officer Speak Out Against Stop-and-Frisk

by Jamilah King on October 8 2013, 2:40PM

Adhyl Polanco talks in detail about what drove his opposition to the NYPD’s most controversial policing tactic.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

The Awful Reality Faced By Teens Who Are Locked Away in Solitary Confinement

The Awful Reality Faced By Teens Who Are Locked Away in Solitary Confinement

by Jamilah King on October 4 2013, 12:03PM

A new video from the ACLU is hard to watch, but the problem is difficult to ignore.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Dying 'Angola 3' Inmate Herman Wallace Released After 41 Years in Solitary

Dying ‘Angola 3’ Inmate Herman Wallace Released After 41 Years in Solitary

by Jamilah King on October 2 2013, 8:58AM

After nearly five decades in prison, Herman Wallace is finally a free man.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Civil Rights Division Hit Hard in Justice Dept. Shutdown

Civil Rights Division Hit Hard in Justice Dept. Shutdown

by Brentin Mock on October 1 2013, 2:10PM

Attorney General Eric Holder has a full plate, but will lose much of his capacity to carry out the work due to Congress’ dysfunction.

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security, /NOW, Politics, Shutdown

Judge Threatens Sikh Man With Jail For Not Removing 'That Rag' Off His Head

Judge Threatens Sikh Man With Jail For Not Removing ‘That Rag’ Off His Head

by Julianne Hing on September 27 2013, 2:54PM

Mississippi officers and a judge harassed and humiliated Jagjeet Singh over and over again after pulling him over for a flat tire.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Marissa Alexander Gets a New Trial

Marissa Alexander Gets a New Trial

by Aura Bogado on September 26 2013, 12:08PM

An appeals judge orders a new trial because of flawed jury instructions.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Highlights From Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference

Highlights From Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference

by Brentin Mock on September 23 2013, 2:15PM

African-American Congress members gathered last week to tackle new policies concerning economic inequality, voting rights and criminal justice.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Economy, Environment, /NOW, Politics

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