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Dharun Ravi Sentenced to 30 Days, May Not Be Deported

Dharun Ravi Sentenced to 30 Days, May Not Be Deported

by Jorge Rivas on May 21 2012, 12:54PM

On Monday, Dharun Ravi, the 20-year-old Indian immigrant, convicted on 15 counts of illegal spying on his Rutgers dorm mate was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Why Didn't Florida's Stand-Your-Ground Ethics Apply to Marissa Alexander? [Reader Forum]

Why Didn’t Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground Ethics Apply to Marissa Alexander? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on May 21 2012, 8:57AM

Readers discuss the race politics of Alexander’s 20-year sentence for firing a warning shot at her abusive ex-husband.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Trayvon Martin

New Federal Rules Aim to Curb Sexual Assault in Prison

by Julianne Hing on May 18 2012, 4:57PM

One in ten inmates report being sexually assaulted or raped in prison, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Class-Action Suit Challenges NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Program

by Jorge Rivas on May 17 2012, 4:06PM

The ruling allows all persons unlawfully stopped and frisked since January 2005 to be plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Zimmerman's Medical Report Shows Broken Nose After Shooting

Zimmerman’s Medical Report Shows Broken Nose After Shooting

by Jorge Rivas on May 16 2012, 10:48AM

The three page document compiled by Zimmerman’s family physician could be used as evidence by his defense team.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

FBI Considering Hate Crime Charge in Trayvon Martin Death

FBI Considering Hate Crime Charge in Trayvon Martin Death

by Jorge Rivas on May 15 2012, 12:22PM

If Zimmerman is charged with a hate crime he could be punished by up to life in prison or even the death penalty.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Florida Black Woman Gets 20 Years After Failed 'Stand Your Ground' Defense

Florida Black Woman Gets 20 Years After Failed ‘Stand Your Ground’ Defense

by Jorge Rivas on May 14 2012, 11:04AM

Despite a series of rallies and calls for her release, Marissa Alexander was sentenced Friday morning to 20 years for firing one shot into a wall during an argument with her estranged husband.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

The Criminal Cost of Talking to a Loved One Behind Bars

The Criminal Cost of Talking to a Loved One Behind Bars

by Leticia Miranda on May 14 2012, 9:00AM

For years, states have worked with private phone companies to charge high rates on phone calls to and from prisons. Now activists are trying to force the FCC’s hand to do something about it.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Even Gun Enthusiasts Are Disgusted With Trayvon Martin Gun Range Targets

Even Gun Enthusiasts Are Disgusted With Trayvon Martin Gun Range Targets

by Jorge Rivas on May 11 2012, 1:12PM

An unidentified man has been selling gun range targets of a black silhouette wearing a hoodie and holding a bag skittles.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Sheriff Arpaio Unfazed by DOJ Lawsuit: 'I Can be Re-elected on Pink Underwear'

Sheriff Arpaio Unfazed by DOJ Lawsuit: ‘I Can be Re-elected on Pink Underwear’

by Jorge Rivas on May 11 2012, 11:13AM

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against him is all politics.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Trayvon Martin's Mom Has a Special Mother's Day Message

Trayvon Martin’s Mom Has a Special Mother’s Day Message

by Jorge Rivas on May 11 2012, 10:19AM

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Florida shooting victim Trayvon Martin, released a video asking parents to support the Second Chance on Shoot First campaign, a national partnership working to reform, repeal and prevent passage of new Florida-style “Shoot First” laws around the country.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Violence at Rikers Island is Out of Control, Inside Sources Call it ‘House of Horror’

by Jorge Rivas on May 10 2012, 1:40PM

A Villa Voice investigation finds New York City’s jails are “houses of horror.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Zimmerman Pleads Not Guilty, Waives Right to Speedy Trial

Zimmerman Pleads Not Guilty, Waives Right to Speedy Trial

by Jorge Rivas on May 9 2012, 11:00AM

George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, has waived his right to a speedy trial on Tuesday, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Experts believe lawyers are prolonging court proceedings in hopes the controversy fades away from national headlines.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

CeCe McDonald Deserves Our Support, 'Innocent' or Not

CeCe McDonald Deserves Our Support, ‘Innocent’ or Not

by Kenyon Farrow on May 4 2012, 10:00AM

From CeCe McDonald to Trayvon Martin, the question of whether black victims of violence are supposedly “innocent” is irrelevant. What matters it that black and transgender bodies are often under siege, and sometimes we must fight back.

Topics: CeCe McDonald, Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

NAACP Sues Philly For Rejecting Prison Reform Ad

by Jamilah King on May 1 2012, 2:25PM

Looks like the city doesn’t want all of its dirty laundry on display to travelers.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

NYT Report: Prosecuting Moms for Drug Use Is Personhood in Disguise

by on April 26 2012, 2:43PM

Legislators can easily conjure up stories, with accompanying stereotypes, about crack-addicted babies and their mothers, but what’s really behind the antagonism toward moms?

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality, /NOW, Personhood

Connecticut Gov. Malloy Signs Bill to Repeal Death Penalty

by Julianne Hing on April 25 2012, 5:50PM

The Nutmeg State now joins 16 other states which have abolished the death penalty.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

An Interactive Look at the Heavy Price of American Freedom

An Interactive Look at the Heavy Price of American Freedom

by Jamilah King on April 25 2012, 8:55AM

An ambitious new timeline traces the brutal relationship between freedom and confinement in the United States.

Topics: Criminal Justice, History, July 4th

California Voters Will Face Death Penalty Repeal in November

California Voters Will Face Death Penalty Repeal in November

by Jorge Rivas on April 24 2012, 9:30AM

The initiative far exceeded the necessary signatures to qualify for the ballot this fall.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Another 6-Yr.-Old in Handcuffs? Harry Belafonte on Child Incarceration

Another 6-Yr.-Old in Handcuffs? Harry Belafonte on Child Incarceration

by Channing Kennedy on April 24 2012, 8:29AM

In light of Florida kindergartener Salecia Johnson’s classroom arrest, here’s more from our interview session with Harry Belafonte, in which he discusses his fight to end child incarceration.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Harry Belafonte, Schools & Youth