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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

In Virginia, 350K Would-Be Voters Wait for Democracy's Slow Return

In Virginia, 350K Would-Be Voters Wait for Democracy’s Slow Return

by Brentin Mock on October 24 2012, 9:28AM

Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell is restoring the voting rights of more formerly incarcerated residents than any previous administration. And it’s still a drop in the bucket.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, Politics

Winnsboro Police Believe Woman's Burns Were Self-Inflicted

Winnsboro Police Believe Woman’s Burns Were Self-Inflicted

by Jorge Rivas on October 23 2012, 3:20PM

Sharmeka Moffitt, a 20-year-old black woman, is in critical condition with burns on more than half her body after being attacked by three alleged KKK members.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Trayvon Martin's Parents Launch Fund to Fight Stand Your Ground Laws

Trayvon Martin’s Parents Launch Fund to Fight Stand Your Ground Laws

by Jorge Rivas on October 22 2012, 5:22PM

The parents of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin have launched a new fund and political committee to “Stand Your Ground” laws across the country.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Zimmerman Defense Turns To Trayvon Martin's Facebook, School Records

Zimmerman Defense Turns To Trayvon Martin’s Facebook, School Records

by Jorge Rivas on October 19 2012, 10:05AM

O’Mara said he wants to see school records from two high schools and a middle school, alongside archives of Martin’s activity on Twitter and Facebook.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Class Action Lawsuit Moves Forward Against NYPD's Stop-and-Frisk

Class Action Lawsuit Moves Forward Against NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk

by Jamilah King on October 11 2012, 11:38AM

Get ready for a legal showdown.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Watch the Only Known Recording of NYPD's Stop-and-Frisk in Action

Watch the Only Known Recording of NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk in Action

by Jamilah King on October 9 2012, 2:39PM

A Harlem teenager secretly recorded his encounter with NYPD officers in his neighborhood.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Philly Cop Appears to Punch Woman at Puerto Rican Day Parade

Philly Cop Appears to Punch Woman at Puerto Rican Day Parade

by Jorge Rivas on October 1 2012, 11:29AM

But what’s clear from the 36 second video is that a woman jumping around celebrating (by spraying silly string) ends up with a busted lip after an officer throws her down on the floor.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Marijuana Prohibition Turns 75, Blacks Three Times More Likely to be Arrested Than Whites

by Jorge Rivas on September 28 2012, 2:25PM

The most vulnerable members of our society are also the targets of a prison industrial complex out of control and getting bigger every day.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Families Urge the FCC to Lower Price of Prison Phone Calls

Families Urge the FCC to Lower Price of Prison Phone Calls

by Jorge Rivas on September 27 2012, 11:47AM

Advocates say regulation would both reduce the price-gouging that incarcerated persons’ families suffer and simultaneously contribute to the social good by reducing recidivism.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

We Can't Afford to Participate in a 'Justice for Some' Culture

We Can’t Afford to Participate in a ‘Justice for Some’ Culture

by Akiba Solomon on September 24 2012, 10:00AM

Coverage of the case of Michelle Kosilek, the Massachusetts prisoner who will receive state-funded gender reassignment surgery, has sparked lots of vicious, vengeful, anti-trans comments. Here’s why that’s dangerous for everyone.

Topics: Gender, Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

What Kind of House Does an Imprisoned Man Dream About?

What Kind of House Does an Imprisoned Man Dream About?

by on September 20 2012, 9:30AM

Herman Wallace is a 70-year-old man who’s spent every day of his life in prison since he was convicted of bank robbery in 1967. Here’s his uncanny path to freedom.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Former Maricopa County Official Says Arpaio’s Office Covered Up Denial Of Insulin To Diabetic Inmate Who Later Died

by Jorge Rivas on September 17 2012, 11:52AM

And as the case unravels in court there are some serious accusations being made against Arpaio’s office.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

NYPD Cop 'Accidentally' Shoots and Kills Unarmed 20-Year-Old Latino

NYPD Cop ‘Accidentally’ Shoots and Kills Unarmed 20-Year-Old Latino

by Jorge Rivas on September 7 2012, 4:01PM

An innocent and unarmed 20-year-old was shot by the NYPD while fleeing a robbery in the Bronx.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

DOJ Finds Violation of Constitutional Rights in Kansas Correctional Facility

by Jorge Rivas on September 7 2012, 3:25PM

The investigation was conducted by the Civil Rights Division’s Special Litigation Section and focused on whether prisoners at the facility were subject to sexual abuse in violation of their constitutional rights.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Todd Akin