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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

Convictions Overturned for Three Wrongfully Accused Men in Dixmoor Five Case

Convictions Overturned for Three Wrongfully Accused Men in Dixmoor Five Case

by Jorge Rivas on November 4 2011, 1:20PM

The case brings shines a critical light on how cops interrogate teens in high-profile criminal investigations.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Crack Cocaine Sentencing Reforms Go Into Effect

Crack Cocaine Sentencing Reforms Go Into Effect

by Jorge Rivas on November 2 2011, 5:16PM

An estimated 12,000 people serving time for crack cocaine offenses could see their sentences reduced.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Zurana Horton's Murder Gives Brooklyn a Ground Zero of Gun Terror

Zurana Horton’s Murder Gives Brooklyn a Ground Zero of Gun Terror

by Curtis Stephen on November 1 2011, 9:45AM

When a 34-year-old mom was gunned down by stray bullets, her murder gripped the city and made global headlines. The news cycle has moved on, but Brownsville remains as flooded as ever with guns.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Dispatches, Guns

Teen Accused in James Anderson's Killing Linked to Other Hate Crimes

Teen Accused in James Anderson’s Killing Linked to Other Hate Crimes

by Jorge Rivas on October 28 2011, 10:44AM

Parents, students and now the Department of Justice say Deryl Dedmon has been involved in multiple hate crimes in Mississippi.

Topics: Criminal Justice

The Police Raid on Occupy Oakland Was Nothing New for This City

The Police Raid on Occupy Oakland Was Nothing New for This City

by Ali Winston on October 28 2011, 10:25AM

This week’s chaos was the latest in at least two years of violent responses to public protest—and a long string of violence against suspects in black neighborhoods.

Topics: #Occupy, Criminal Justice

NYPD Officer Tries to Explain Away The 50 Shots That Killed Sean Bell

NYPD Officer Tries to Explain Away The 50 Shots That Killed Sean Bell

by Jorge Rivas on October 27 2011, 2:16PM

NYPD Detective Gescard Isnora is facing disciplinary action five years after Bell’s death.

Topics: Criminal Justice

NYPD Cop Taped Making Racial Slur About Black Man After Stop-and-Frisk

NYPD Cop Taped Making Racial Slur About Black Man After Stop-and-Frisk

by Jorge Rivas on October 18 2011, 11:51AM

It’s just the latest case of racial bias in a controversial departmental policy that targets young black and brown men.

Topics: Criminal Justice