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Zimmerman Pretrial Reaches Benchmark, Moves to New Phase

Zimmerman Pretrial Reaches Benchmark, Moves to New Phase

by Aura Bogado on June 18 2013, 5:22PM

Attorneys in George Zimmerman’s trial find forty jurors whose opinions about Trayvon Martin’s death have not been tainted by the media.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Defense Contractor Sponsors Sesame Street Incarceration Series

Defense Contractor Sponsors Sesame Street Incarceration Series

by Jamilah King on June 14 2013, 11:50AM

Yikes.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Watch Sesame Street Teach Kids About Incarceration

Watch Sesame Street Teach Kids About Incarceration

by Jamilah King on June 13 2013, 11:06AM

It’s never easy to talk about an incarcerated loved one in public, and it’s an especially difficult task for children.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Death Row Inmates Sue Louisiana Facility for Cruel and Unusual Heat Conditions

Death Row Inmates Sue Louisiana Facility for Cruel and Unusual Heat Conditions

by Brentin Mock on June 11 2013, 4:03PM

Death row inmates spend 23 hours a day in cells so hot the cinder block walls burn when touched.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Judge: George Zimmerman May Not Be Called a

Judge: George Zimmerman May Not Be Called a “Vigilante” During Juror Questioning

by Julianne Hing on June 10 2013, 5:11PM

On day one in the trial over Trayvon Martin’s murder, Judge Debra Nelson barred the prosecution from using a series of words in its juror questioning.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

What's Really on Trial in George Zimmerman's Case?

What’s Really on Trial in George Zimmerman’s Case?

by Eric Mann on June 10 2013, 7:00AM

It’s not Trayvon Martin. And it’s not only Zimmerman. It’s a system that sanctioned the killing of an unarmed black man.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Movement, Trayvon Martin

North Carolina Repeals Its Racial Justice Act

North Carolina Repeals Its Racial Justice Act

by Julianne Hing on June 6 2013, 4:52PM

The unique law allowed death-row inmates to challenge their sentences if they showed that racial bias played a role in their sentencing.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Hundreds of Teens Behind Bars Report Sexual Assaults by Staffers

Hundreds of Teens Behind Bars Report Sexual Assaults by Staffers

by Jamilah King on June 6 2013, 12:06PM

Rape and sexual assault are frighteningly prevalent in the juvenile justice system.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Bad News in Mississippi: Rats-to-Prison Pipeline Opens

Bad News in Mississippi: Rats-to-Prison Pipeline Opens

by Brentin Mock on May 31 2013, 12:57PM

So many rats in a Mississippi prison for the mentally ill that the inmates have started making pets out of them.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

George Zimmerman Legal Team Asks Public for Cash

George Zimmerman Legal Team Asks Public for Cash

by Jorge Rivas on May 30 2013, 11:01AM

With less than two-weeks before jury selection begins for the murder case, Zimmerman’s lawyers have turned to the internet for donations to help fund his defense.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Will Appeal Racial Profiling Decision

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Will Appeal Racial Profiling Decision

by on May 29 2013, 2:32PM

Sheriff Joe Arpaio vowed to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that he and his deputies engage in illegal racial profiling.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Virginia Governor Will Restore Nonviolent Felons' Voting Rights

Virginia Governor Will Restore Nonviolent Felons’ Voting Rights

by Brentin Mock on May 29 2013, 9:33AM

Virginians with nonviolent felons no longer have to wait two years and apply for rights restoration, but violent felons still have to wait.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Politics

Task Force Says No Automatic Voting Rights Restoration for Former Felons

Task Force Says No Automatic Voting Rights Restoration for Former Felons

by Brentin Mock on May 28 2013, 3:17PM

Attorney General’s task force says neither the governor nor the general assembly can create laws to restore voting rights to former incarcerated.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Politics

Federal Judge Rules Sheriff Arpaio Guilty of Racial Profiling

Federal Judge Rules Sheriff Arpaio Guilty of Racial Profiling

by on May 28 2013, 9:45AM

A federal court ruled on Friday that Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his deputies violated the civil and constitutional rights of Phoenix Latinos.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration, /NOW

Zimmerman Defense Team Releases New Evidence in Trayvon Martin Case

Zimmerman Defense Team Releases New Evidence in Trayvon Martin Case

by Jorge Rivas on May 24 2013, 11:27AM

Data released Thursday by the defense from slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin’s cellphone includes texts with a friend about fighting and smoking pot.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Racially Segregated 'Black-Only Pods' in Florida County Jail

Racially Segregated ‘Black-Only Pods’ in Florida County Jail

by Brentin Mock on May 24 2013, 10:56AM

African-American inmates were kept in ‘black-only pods’ because jail officials thought it would make the prison safer.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Zimmerman Attorneys Insist Jurors Should Hear About Trayvon Martin's Pot Use

Zimmerman Attorneys Insist Jurors Should Hear About Trayvon Martin’s Pot Use

by Jorge Rivas on May 23 2013, 11:12AM

Judge Nelson will likely rule on the issue during a day-long hearing May 28 in Sanford, Florida.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

More Dying Prisoners Could Be Released To End Life

by on May 2 2013, 12:39PM

A new report from the Justice Department reveals that federal prison authorities give no serious consideration to releasing dying prisoners even though the releases are legal. The report recommends expanding the compassionate release program.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Mothers of Young Men Killed by NYPD Call on Musicians to Write Songs for Justice

Mothers of Young Men Killed by NYPD Call on Musicians to Write Songs for Justice

by Jorge Rivas on April 23 2013, 3:06PM

This is a call to action from mothers who have lost children to police violence.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

CNN's John King Fails to Explain His 'Dark Skinned' Comment on Twitter

CNN’s John King Fails to Explain His ‘Dark Skinned’ Comment on Twitter

by Jorge Rivas on April 19 2013, 11:23AM

The internet is handling this one.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW