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Former Rikers Island Youth Inmate Opens Up About Solitary Confinement

Former Rikers Island Youth Inmate Opens Up About Solitary Confinement

by Julianne Hing on March 4 2014, 3:07PM

A new report on New York City’s use of solitary confinement for youth comes as the state is rolling back the practice.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Obama Favors Expanding Schools and Reducing Prisons in New Budget

Obama Favors Expanding Schools and Reducing Prisons in New Budget

by Brentin Mock on March 4 2014, 2:32PM

The budget includes targeted funds for programs to reduce racial disparities in courts and prisons.

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, Economy, Politics, Politics, Schools & Youth

Indian-American Man Charged with Firebombing Synagogues

Indian-American Man Charged with Firebombing Synagogues

by Carla Murphy on March 4 2014, 9:42AM

Some community members say Aakash Dalal is being treated like a terrorist

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Lawsuit: Juvenile Solitary Confinement Blocks Education

Lawsuit: Juvenile Solitary Confinement Blocks Education

by Julianne Hing on March 3 2014, 11:46AM

Contra Costa County holds youth with disabilities in solitary confinement and denies them access to education, a federal lawsuit alleges.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Schools & Youth

A Racial Murder the FBI Can't Seem to Solve

A Racial Murder the FBI Can’t Seem to Solve

by Benjamin Greenberg on February 28 2014, 7:00AM

It’s the 50th anniversary of the 1964 racial murder of Clifton Walker. For his family, closure remains elusive.

Topics: Criminal Justice, History

Conservative Texas City Memorializes Wrongfully Convicted Black Man

Conservative Texas City Memorializes Wrongfully Convicted Black Man

by Carla Murphy on February 27 2014, 7:00AM

Memorial may be the first of its kind in the nation.

Topics: Criminal Justice

On the Two-Year Anniversary of Trayvon Martin's Death

On the Two-Year Anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s Death

by Carla Murphy on February 26 2014, 5:02PM

How have you remembered his life today?

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Black Juror in Dunn Case Breaks Silence, Says Race Wasn't a Factor

Black Juror in Dunn Case Breaks Silence, Says Race Wasn’t a Factor

by Aura Bogado on February 21 2014, 1:18PM

Creshuna Miles says she thinks Dunn was guilty of second-degree murder.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

A Small Victory for Native Women

A Small Victory for Native Women

by Aura Bogado on February 21 2014, 7:00AM

Native women face one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the U.S. A new pilot project that allows tribes to prosecute non-Natives for the crime could be a game-changer.

Topics: Criminal Justice

New York to End Solitary Confinement for Youth and Pregnant Inmates

New York to End Solitary Confinement for Youth and Pregnant Inmates

by Julianne Hing on February 20 2014, 2:45PM

New York will be the largest prison system in the country to end the practice for youth inmates.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Report: People of Color More Likely to Serve Time in Private Prisons

Report: People of Color More Likely to Serve Time in Private Prisons

by Jamilah King on February 20 2014, 11:36AM

New data helps bolster the argument that the prison industry cares more about profit than rehabilitation.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Civil Rights Leaders React to Meeting With Obama Today

Civil Rights Leaders React to Meeting With Obama Today

by Brentin Mock on February 18 2014, 6:25PM

Civil rights leaders pick Obama’s brain on wages and criminal justice reform

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, Politics

Jordan Davis: What We've Come to Expect

Jordan Davis: What We’ve Come to Expect

by Aura Bogado on February 17 2014, 2:27PM

We’ve learned to shield ourselves, and expect inequity.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Hung Jury for Michael Dunn's Count of First-Degree Murder

Hung Jury for Michael Dunn’s Count of First-Degree Murder

by Aura Bogado on February 15 2014, 7:00PM

Despite a mistrial on one count, Dunn was convicted of three counts of attempted murder and of shooting a firearm.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

'Grey's Anatomy' Star Jesse Williams Speaks Out on Jordan Davis Murder

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Jesse Williams Speaks Out on Jordan Davis Murder

by Jamilah King on February 14 2014, 11:25AM

“It is not a black problem,” the actor said.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Jailed, for Being Poor

Jailed, for Being Poor

by Carla Murphy on February 13 2014, 10:54AM

Debtors’ prisons for misdemeanor crimes are flourishing in the U.S.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Watch Now: Jordan Davis Murder Trial Live

Watch Now: Jordan Davis Murder Trial Live

by Carla Murphy on February 11 2014, 12:49PM

Accused murderer Michael Dunn takes the stand.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Obama to Announce Young Men of Color Initiative

Obama to Announce Young Men of Color Initiative

by Carla Murphy on February 11 2014, 11:14AM

Initiative expected to intervene during the crucial “school to prison pipeline” years.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

AG Holder Calls for Restoring Voting Rights to Former Felons

AG Holder Calls for Restoring Voting Rights to Former Felons

by Brentin Mock on February 11 2014, 11:00AM

Holder calls for the restoration of voting rights to all who’ve formerly been convicted of felonies.

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, Politics, Politics

Jordan Davis Murder Trial Begins in Fla. Today

Jordan Davis Murder Trial Begins in Fla. Today

by Carla Murphy on February 6 2014, 1:56PM

In a case reminiscent of Trayvon Martin’s, 17-year-old Davis was allegedly shot and killed in 2012 by a white man after an argument over loud music.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW