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Supreme Court Rules Md. Prisoners Can't Be Counted as Residents--and It's a Good Thing

Supreme Court Rules Md. Prisoners Can’t Be Counted as Residents—and It’s a Good Thing

by Jorge Rivas on June 27 2012, 2:38PM

The Supreme Court SB 1070 ruling earlier this week stole all the headlines but there were two additional rulings that were significant.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Despite Decrease in Violent Crime, Incarceration Rates Have Soared [Infographic]

by Jorge Rivas on June 26 2012, 2:09PM

Despite a 41% decrease in violent crime since 1990 incarceration rates have soared.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Supreme Court Rules No Mandatory Life Without Parole for Juveniles

Supreme Court Rules No Mandatory Life Without Parole for Juveniles

by on June 25 2012, 10:25AM

In a 5 to 4 decision, the Supreme Court today ruled that juvenile cannot be handed mandatory sentences of life without the possibility of parole.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

El Salvador's Historic Gang Truce May Show Pathway to Peace in the U.S.

El Salvador’s Historic Gang Truce May Show Pathway to Peace in the U.S.

by Mónica Novoa on June 25 2012, 9:58AM

Activists in the United States are watching closely as El Salvador works to address the root causes of gang violence.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Global Affairs

Jeremy Lin Teams Up With Barack Obama and Joe Biden to ‘End Violence’ Against Women

by Jorge Rivas on June 22 2012, 12:32PM

David Beckham, Eli Manning and Jeremy Lin are among several athletes who joined the star-studded anti-domestic violence ad released by the White House Thursday.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

George Zimmerman Re-Enacts Fatal Shooting Of Trayvon Martin [Video]

George Zimmerman Re-Enacts Fatal Shooting Of Trayvon Martin [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on June 21 2012, 5:49PM

George Zimmerman reenacts the night of the Trayvon Martin shooting, taking police through the neighborhood.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Jelani Cobb's Moving 'New Yorker' Piece on the Legacy of Rodney King

Jelani Cobb’s Moving ‘New Yorker’ Piece on the Legacy of Rodney King

by Jorge Rivas on June 20 2012, 12:49PM

William Jelani Cobb pens moving piece about Rodney King.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

The Civil Rights Lessons of Vincent Chin's Murder

The Civil Rights Lessons of Vincent Chin’s Murder

by Julianne Hing on June 20 2012, 10:11AM

On the 30th anniversary of his murder, activists reflect on the brutal hate crime, and lessons they’ve learned over and over since his death.

Topics: Criminal Justice

How 'Stop-and-Frisk' (Not So) Quietly Became the Center of NYC Politics

How ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ (Not So) Quietly Became the Center of NYC Politics

by on June 18 2012, 9:00AM

Thousands gathered on Father’s Day for a silent march to protest the NYPD’s ‘stop-and-frisk’ program. The move helped crystallize how over a decade of organizing against police brutality has made the issue a focal point of the city’s upcoming mayoral election.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Stop and Frisk

Trayvon Martin's Dad has a Moving Message for Father's Day

Trayvon Martin’s Dad has a Moving Message for Father’s Day

by Jorge Rivas on June 14 2012, 1:56PM

This Father’s Day, join Trayvon Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, and add your name to this national petition demanding that all “Stand Your Ground” laws be repealed.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Police Chief Defends Detaining Teen's Mother After Neighbor's Fatal Shot

Police Chief Defends Detaining Teen’s Mother After Neighbor’s Fatal Shot

by Jorge Rivas on June 14 2012, 11:15AM

After a 13-year-old boy was shot and killed in front of his Milwaukee home last month, police forced his grieving mother to sit in a squad car for more than an hour rather than let her hold her dying son or join him at the hospital.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Mayor Bloomberg to Black Church: 'Stop-and-Frisk' Is Here to Stay

Mayor Bloomberg to Black Church: ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Is Here to Stay

by Jorge Rivas on June 13 2012, 12:12PM

Just after citing Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech the Mayor told the congregation at the First Baptist Church of Brownsville that ‘stop-and-frisk’ should be “mended, not ended.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

New York Times Looks at the Scars of Stop-and-Frisk [Video]

New York Times Looks at the Scars of Stop-and-Frisk [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on June 13 2012, 11:04AM

On the heels of a silent march this coming Sunday, The New York Times has published a short documentary film on the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policing program.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

George Zimmerman’s Wife Arrested, Charged with Perjury

by Jorge Rivas on June 12 2012, 4:58PM

Wife of Trayvon Martin’s shooter accused of lying to a judge about their finances during his bond hearing.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

75-Year-Old Milwaukee Man Kills Black Teen In Front of Boy's Mother

75-Year-Old Milwaukee Man Kills Black Teen In Front of Boy’s Mother

by Jorge Rivas on June 12 2012, 9:35AM

A 75-year-old Milwaukee man pleaded not guilty Monday in the fatal shooting of his 13-year-old neighbor.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Infographic: How Quickly 'Stand Your Ground' Spread Nationwide

Infographic: How Quickly ‘Stand Your Ground’ Spread Nationwide

by Jorge Rivas on June 8 2012, 1:17PM

MotherJones looks at how years before Trayvon Martin was killed, gun lobbyists conspired to give Stand Your Ground shooters immunity everywhere.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Where Will CeCe McDonald Serve Her Time? The Devil is in the Details

Where Will CeCe McDonald Serve Her Time? The Devil is in the Details

by Akiba Solomon on June 8 2012, 10:26AM

The young Minneapolis transwoman incarcerated for defending herself in a racist and transphobic attack isn’t alone in her experience. Experts say her placement in a men’s facility is just one part of a complex—and dehumanizing—process.

Topics: Gender, CeCe McDonald, Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

Wells Fargo Hit With Molotov Cocktail in 'Solidarity With CeCe'

Wells Fargo Hit With Molotov Cocktail in ‘Solidarity With CeCe’

by Jorge Rivas on June 7 2012, 11:37AM

An anonymous message posted on an anarchist website took responsibility for the action they called a small gesture of solidarity with CeCe McDonald.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

There's an App for That: Reporting NYPD Stop and Frisks

There’s an App for That: Reporting NYPD Stop and Frisks

by Jorge Rivas on June 6 2012, 11:24AM

The app allows bystanders to fully document stop-and-frisk encounters and alert community members when a street stop is in progress.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Donations to George Zimmerman Spike Since He’s Been Back in Jail

by Jorge Rivas on June 5 2012, 5:25PM

George Zimmerman went to jail on Sunday for allegedly misleading state officials on finances he raised online and since his return to jail the number of donations to his site are up.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW