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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 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 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

The Shocking Details of a Mississippi School-to-Prison Pipeline

The Shocking Details of a Mississippi School-to-Prison Pipeline

by Julianne Hing on November 26 2012, 9:34AM

Wearing the wrong color socks, talking back to a teacher and being late are all infractions that landed Cedric Green in jail. The Justice Department says there are many more students like him.

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

L.A. Mexican-American Man Arrested in Alleged Al-Qaeda Plot

L.A. Mexican-American Man Arrested in Alleged Al-Qaeda Plot

by Jorge Rivas on November 21 2012, 5:00PM

The arrests are raising serious questions on how the federal government’s search for domestic terrorists in communities of color.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

DEA Agent Says He Was Told Not To Enforce Drug Laws In White Areas

DEA Agent Says He Was Told Not To Enforce Drug Laws In White Areas

by Jorge Rivas on November 21 2012, 1:42PM

Meet Matthew Fogg, a former U.S. Marshal whose exploits led him to be nicknamed “Batman.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Family Becomes Focal Point in Fight to Lower Prison Phone Rates

Family Becomes Focal Point in Fight to Lower Prison Phone Rates

by Jamilah King on November 20 2012, 10:13AM

The criminal cost of talking to a loved one behind bars has taken center stage at the Federal Communications Commission. And that’s exactly what organizers had in mind.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Media

Man Sentenced to 3 Years For Leading Mississippi Prison Riot

Man Sentenced to 3 Years For Leading Mississippi Prison Riot

by on November 20 2012, 9:35AM

Juan Lopez-Fuentes became the first inmate to be sentenced for a riot that rattled a Mississippi federal prison in May.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration, /NOW

Jackie Lacey Becomes Los Angeles' First Black District Attorney

Jackie Lacey Becomes Los Angeles’ First Black District Attorney

by Jorge Rivas on November 7 2012, 3:04PM

On Tuesday night, Jackie Lacey became first woman and African American to ever hold the office.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

NY Daily News Reporter Live-Tweeting Alleged Looter Arraignments of People ‘Stealing Essentials’

by Jorge Rivas on November 2 2012, 3:33PM

According to one of Yaniv’s tweets, defense lawyers points out that “most alleged Coney Island looters are either students or people with jobs who has little or no priors.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Ariz. Official That Banned Ethnic Studies Cited in Hit-run Crash, Caught in Affair Scandal

Ariz. Official That Banned Ethnic Studies Cited in Hit-run Crash, Caught in Affair Scandal

by Jorge Rivas on October 31 2012, 1:22PM

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne was cited last Wednesday for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident earlier this year.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

DOJ Sues Mississippi for Its Egregious School-to-Prison Pipeline

by Julianne Hing on October 24 2012, 1:03PM

The city of Meridian can’t violate the due process rights of youth in its juvenile justice system, the federal government says.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth