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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

Sanford Police Chief Resigns Amid Criticism of Trayvon Martin Case

Sanford Police Chief Resigns Amid Criticism of Trayvon Martin Case

by Jorge Rivas on April 23 2012, 2:35PM

Bill Lee Jr., the embattled chief of the Sanford Police Department, has resigned his position

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman's Bail Set at $150K, Apologizes to Martin Family

George Zimmerman’s Bail Set at $150K, Apologizes to Martin Family

by Jorge Rivas on April 20 2012, 12:01PM

“I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son,” Zimmerman told the parents of Trayvon Martin, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, who were in the Sanford, Florida, court.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Michelle Obama Calls Trayvon Martin Death 'Tremendous Loss' [Audio]

Michelle Obama Calls Trayvon Martin Death ‘Tremendous Loss’ [Audio]

by Jorge Rivas on April 18 2012, 4:24PM

First lady Michelle Obama says the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida is a “tremendous loss” and that all Americans “have to rally around that piece of it.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Study: Racial Make-Up of Jury Pool Impacts Trial Outcome‎

Study: Racial Make-Up of Jury Pool Impacts Trial Outcome‎

by Jorge Rivas on April 18 2012, 10:11AM

A Duke University-led study shows juries formed from all-white jury pools in Florida convicted black defendants 16 percent more often than white defendants.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Trayvon Martin, Alabama's Immigration Law Highlighted at Racial Profiling Senate Panel

Trayvon Martin, Alabama’s Immigration Law Highlighted at Racial Profiling Senate Panel

by Jorge Rivas on April 17 2012, 5:24PM

Several members of Congress and civil rights leaders presented at the Senate hearing on racial profiling Tuesday to discuss how blacks, Latinos and Muslims have been unfairly targeted in their states.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Associated Press Wins Pulitzer for Reporting on NYPD's Spying on Muslim Neighborhoods

Associated Press Wins Pulitzer for Reporting on NYPD’s Spying on Muslim Neighborhoods

by Jorge Rivas on April 16 2012, 3:23PM

The Associated Press has won a Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting for a series of stories on a secret New York Police Department program that spied on Muslims.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Spying

National Poll Shows U.S. Divided by Race in Trayvon Martin Case

National Poll Shows U.S. Divided by Race in Trayvon Martin Case

by Jorge Rivas on April 13 2012, 12:57PM

Americans are deeply divided by race over the killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, with 91 percent of African-Americans saying he was unjustly killed, while just 35 percent of whites thought so, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Thursday.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Five Myths About Crime in Black America--and the Statistical Truths Infographic

Five Myths About Crime in Black America—and the Statistical Truths

by Hatty Lee, Shani O. Hilton on April 13 2012, 8:47AM

Trayvon Martin’s killing stirred many debates about crime surrounding black men. It also kicked up many familiar misconceptions, like the idea that black-on-black crime is uniquely bad. Hatty Lee’s infographic breaks down the realities.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Schools & Youth, Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman Court Affidavit: 'Zimmerman Confronted Martin'

George Zimmerman Court Affidavit: ‘Zimmerman Confronted Martin’

by Jorge Rivas on April 12 2012, 3:40PM

At the hearing Judge Herr said “Zimmerman confronted Martin,” an action that’s been widely debated by lawyers on both sides.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin