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Antone De'Jaun Correia Writes Obituary For His Uncle, Troy Davis

Antone De’Jaun Correia Writes Obituary For His Uncle, Troy Davis

by Jorge Rivas on December 12 2011, 10:34AM

On the heels of mounting losses in his family, the brave 17-year-old publishes an obituary remembering his uncle for the wisdom and love he showed others while in prison.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Troy Davis

Black Drivers in Milwaukee are Seven Times More Likely to be Stopped by Police

Black Drivers in Milwaukee are Seven Times More Likely to be Stopped by Police

by Jorge Rivas on December 9 2011, 12:59PM

Black Milwaukee drivers are seven times more likely to be stopped by city police as a white driver. Eventhough police found contraband items in searches involving black drivers at the same rate as whites.

Topics: Criminal Justice

What Arpaio Didn't Do This Time: Over 400 Sex Crimes Ignored

What Arpaio Didn’t Do This Time: Over 400 Sex Crimes Ignored

by Noelle de la Paz on December 8 2011, 9:50AM

While “America’s Toughest Sheriff” chased down immigrants, his office also refused to investigate child abuse claims involving the children of undocumented residents.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration, Joe Arpaio

Mumia Abu-Jamal Will No Longer Face Death Penalty

Mumia Abu-Jamal Will No Longer Face Death Penalty

by Jorge Rivas on December 7 2011, 2:53PM

But supporters are still fighting for the former Black Panther to be freed from prison.

Topics: Criminal Justice

NYPD Officers Post Blatantly Racist Hate Speech on Facebook

NYPD Officers Post Blatantly Racist Hate Speech on Facebook

by Jorge Rivas on December 6 2011, 2:09PM

The officers were reportedly upset at having to patrol Brooklyn’s West Indian Day Parade.

Topics: Criminal Justice

A Sister Who Fought for Her Brother's Life, While Clinging to Her Own

A Sister Who Fought for Her Brother’s Life, While Clinging to Her Own

by Jen Marlowe on December 6 2011, 10:02AM

Troy Davis’s sister, Martina Davis-Correia, lost her battle with cancer last week. She always considered their twin fight for life intertwined. “Twin struggles,” she said. “Twin souls.” Jen Marlowe remembers Martina’s courage and love.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Troy Davis

Whites are Four Times More Likely to Get Presidential Pardons

Whites are Four Times More Likely to Get Presidential Pardons

by Jorge Rivas on December 5 2011, 12:41PM

ProPublica finds an overwhelming racial disparity in who gets approved and denied for presidential pardons, despite nearly identical circumstances in many applications.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Jails Paid Per Prisoner? That's Perverse, Say NOLA Advocates

Jails Paid Per Prisoner? That’s Perverse, Say NOLA Advocates

by Noelle de la Paz on December 1 2011, 9:45AM

Orleans Parish Prison receives money based on how many inmates are detained each day. And go figure, it’s got the largest county jail per capita of any major U.S. city.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Mississippi Hate Crimes Increase Even As Counties Underreport Stats

Mississippi Hate Crimes Increase Even As Counties Underreport Stats

by Jorge Rivas on November 29 2011, 12:36PM

Nationwide, hate crimes remained about the same, going from 6,604 in 2009 to 6,628 in 2010, according to the FBI. But activists say the real number is even higher.

Topics: Criminal Justice

SWAT Team Raids Home of Civil Rights Attorney Working on Voting Rights

SWAT Team Raids Home of Civil Rights Attorney Working on Voting Rights

by Jorge Rivas on November 29 2011, 10:08AM

Attorney Barbara Arnwine says that police officers held her at gunpoint for hours in a case of mistaken identity.

Topics: Criminal Justice

North Carolina's Historic Fix to Death Penalty Racism Faces GOP Ax

North Carolina’s Historic Fix to Death Penalty Racism Faces GOP Ax

by Jamilah King on November 29 2011, 9:51AM

Conservatives have long promised to repeal the historic law. Now, they’re closer than ever.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Advocates Push for Reforms to DNA Database Collection

Advocates Push for Reforms to DNA Database Collection

by Tammy Johnson on November 28 2011, 9:45AM

The FBI has a database of over 10 million DNA profiles, and it’s growing larger by the day. But many people of color arrested for non-violent crimes are caught up in the web of DNA profiling.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Obama Commutes 22-Year Sentence for Crack Cocaine Conviction

Obama Commutes 22-Year Sentence for Crack Cocaine Conviction

by Jorge Rivas on November 23 2011, 3:10PM

Eugenia Marie Jennings was convicted in 2001 of possession with intent to distribute. She was only 23 years old.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Former BART Cop Johannes Mehserle Goes Back to Court in Civil Case

Former BART Cop Johannes Mehserle Goes Back to Court in Civil Case

by Jorge Rivas on November 22 2011, 3:24PM

The plaintiff claims that Mehserle assaulted him just weeks before the infamous shooting of Oscar Grant in Oakland.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Secrecy Surrounds Inmate Suicides in California State Prisons

Secrecy Surrounds Inmate Suicides in California State Prisons

by Julianne Hing on November 21 2011, 10:00AM

Three inmates have committed suicide in recent months, but families and advocates are being left out in the dark.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Nick Cannon Takes to Twitter to Blast LAPD's Widespread Racial Profiling

Nick Cannon Takes to Twitter to Blast LAPD’s Widespread Racial Profiling

by Jorge Rivas on November 18 2011, 12:25PM

The comedian says he’s been stopped by cops since he was a kid riding on his bicycle. But the problem is systemic, and there’s little federal action to keep track of it.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Englewood 5 Released After Confessions Proven to be Coerced

Englewood 5 Released After Confessions Proven to be Coerced

by Jorge Rivas on November 17 2011, 4:45PM

Five Chicago black men were released from prison yesterday after lawyers and DNA evidence proved the men were forced to make false confessions.

Topics: Criminal Justice

NYC Muslim Leaders Encourage Residents to Know Their Rights

NYC Muslim Leaders Encourage Residents to Know Their Rights

by Jorge Rivas on November 15 2011, 3:05PM

After an investigation found that the NYPD had infiltrated hundreds of Muslim mosques to spy on civilians, community leaders are people to be careful.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Report: 66 Percent of Hate Crime Victims Targeted Because of Anti-Latino Bias

Report: 66 Percent of Hate Crime Victims Targeted Because of Anti-Latino Bias

by Jorge Rivas on November 15 2011, 11:35AM

As the country becomes browner, hate crimes against Latinos are on the rise.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

New Report Finds Private Prisons a Threat to Criminal Justice Reform

New Report Finds Private Prisons a Threat to Criminal Justice Reform

by Noelle de la Paz on November 11 2011, 10:08AM

As state’s struggle to close record budget gaps, private prisons have become an easy way to make millions.

Topics: Criminal Justice