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A Two-Minute Video Explains Why Jail Is Not the Answer for Youth Crime

A Two-Minute Video Explains Why Jail Is Not the Answer for Youth Crime

by Julianne Hing on March 15 2013, 4:58PM

The youthful transgressions of yore are landing kids in jail today. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Maryland House of Delegates Votes to End Death Penalty

by Jorge Rivas on March 15 2013, 2:44PM

Maryland is now the first state below the Mason-Dixon Line to abolish the death penalty.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Family of Slain Woman Killed by Chicago Police Officer's Aimless Shots Wins $4.5 Million

Family of Slain Woman Killed by Chicago Police Officer’s Aimless Shots Wins $4.5 Million

by Jorge Rivas on March 15 2013, 1:31PM

On Wednesday, close to a year after her death, the Chicago City Council approved a $4.5 million settlement for Boyd’s family.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Kimani Gray's Mother Speaks: 'He Was Slaughtered'

Kimani Gray’s Mother Speaks: ‘He Was Slaughtered’

by Jorge Rivas on March 15 2013, 11:25AM

Carol Gray told reporters that her son was slaughtered.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Today Marks the 5 Millionth ‘Stop-And-Frisk’ by NYPD Under Bloomberg, Says NYCLU

by Jorge Rivas on March 14 2013, 1:34PM

The majority of stop-and-frisks victims are black and Latino—and 89% of stops result in no arrest of ticket.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

NYPD Violence Looms in Third Day of Protests for Kimani Gray [PHOTOS]

NYPD Violence Looms in Third Day of Protests for Kimani Gray [PHOTOS]

by Jamilah King on March 14 2013, 10:18AM

The teen was shot and killed by NYPD officers.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Study: Harris County, Texas Juries Twice As Likely to Demand Death Penalty for Black Defendants Than White

by Julianne Hing on March 13 2013, 3:05PM

The new report was released alongside a new appeal to demand a fair sentencing hearing for death row inmate Duane Buck.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

NYPD Kills Teen Who Witness Says Was Just Adjusting Belt

NYPD Kills Teen Who Witness Says Was Just Adjusting Belt

by Jorge Rivas on March 12 2013, 11:53AM

NYPD says the shot the teen 11 times because he was reaching for a gun. But eyewitnesses say the teen was just running for his life.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Report: NYPD Spy Program Traumatized Muslim Communities

Report: NYPD Spy Program Traumatized Muslim Communities

by on March 12 2013, 8:48AM

A new report documents the human impact of the NYPD’s sprawling Muslim surveillance program. Though there’s no evidence that the spying stopped acts of terrorism, the report found that it has stoked fear and mistrust in schools, neighborhoods—and mosques.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Spying, Wealth Gap

New Study Finds a Dramatic Drop in Youth Incarceration Rates

New Study Finds a Dramatic Drop in Youth Incarceration Rates

by Julianne Hing on March 1 2013, 9:00AM

Thanks to falling youth crime rates and cash-strapped states (seriously), juveniles are less likely to land in prison. But when it comes to racial disparities, the devil remains in the details.

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

Florida Task Force on 'Stand Your Ground' Gives the Controversial Law a Vote of Confidence

Florida Task Force on ‘Stand Your Ground’ Gives the Controversial Law a Vote of Confidence

by Jamilah King on February 27 2013, 8:57AM

In the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting, Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed a task force to examine the state’s ‘kill at will’ law. Their conclusion? It works just fine.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Trayvon Martin

Chuck D. On CNN: 'Since Reagan And Bush, There's Been Nothing But Guns And Drugs In The Black Community'

Chuck D. On CNN: ‘Since Reagan And Bush, There’s Been Nothing But Guns And Drugs In The Black Community’

by Jorge Rivas on February 26 2013, 3:40PM

Hip hop artist Chuck D. was a guest on CNN with Carol Costello earlier today to discuss the impact that the slaying of Trayvon Martin had on the nation one year later. “The bottom line is this: back when I…

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

After Trayvon: Acts of Kindness, Courage and Resistance

After Trayvon: Acts of Kindness, Courage and Resistance

by Jorge Rivas on February 26 2013, 9:25AM

One year ago, unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin was shot to death by self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. A look at how people from all walks of life came together to support his family and call for justice.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Trayvon Martin

Obama's Fatherhood Meme Ruffles Otherwise Ardent Supporters

Obama’s Fatherhood Meme Ruffles Otherwise Ardent Supporters

by Jamilah King on February 20 2013, 10:43AM

Critics are asking why the president sees family structure as the gun problem in Chicago, but not in Newton.

Topics: Chicago, Criminal Justice, Guns

Another Black Ex-LAPD Cop Writes Manifesto, Says He Understands Dorner

Another Black Ex-LAPD Cop Writes Manifesto, Says He Understands Dorner

by Jorge Rivas on February 13 2013, 11:19AM

Joe Jones wants to make it clear he doesn’t support Chris Dorner, he just wants to share his own experience working for the LAPD. On Monday, the former officer posted a note on Facebook detailing experiences he had while in…

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

5  Things You Probably Didn't Know About Drones in the U.S.

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Drones in the U.S.

by , Jamilah King on February 13 2013, 10:33AM

No, the LAPD didn’t use a drone to track and kill Christopher Dorner. But the devices are still being used in some very unsettling ways to track U.S. citizens on American soil.

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security

LAPD 'Had No Idea' Who They Were Shooting At in Dorner Pursuit, Says Victims' Lawyer

LAPD ‘Had No Idea’ Who They Were Shooting At in Dorner Pursuit, Says Victims’ Lawyer

by Jorge Rivas on February 11 2013, 11:09AM

The search for the man dubbed the “LAPD Cop Killer” has led to three different innocent people being shot at by Southern California police. All three victims looked nothing like Chris Dorner, the target in the manhunt that’s gone on…

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Largest Private Prison Group in U.S. Wishes You a Happy Black History Month

Largest Private Prison Group in U.S. Wishes You a Happy Black History Month

by Jorge Rivas on February 8 2013, 3:44PM

The CEO of the largest private corrections company in the United States wants to wish you a happy Black History Month.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

NYPD Breaks Down 'Stop-Frisk' Data by Precinct and Race

NYPD Breaks Down ‘Stop-Frisk’ Data by Precinct and Race

by Jorge Rivas on February 8 2013, 11:47AM

Earlier this week the New York Police Department released a report that breaks down its controversial stop and frisk policy by precinct and race.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Dispatch from Chicago: Stop the Violence...But How?

Dispatch from Chicago: Stop the Violence…But How?

by Jamilah King on February 7 2013, 8:42AM

As the city becomes the face of urban gun violence, those working directly with the youth being killed struggle for satisfying answers.

Topics: Chicago, Criminal Justice, Dispatches, Guns, Schools & Youth